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Could I have testicular cancer?

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Testicular cancer occurs when cells in the testicle divide abnormally and form a tumor. The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a painless lump on a testicle. Other symptoms may include:

You should consider examining your testicles on a monthly basis and check for lumps. When examining the testicles, cup them with your hand and gently rub one testicle at a time between your thumb and pointer finger. Your testicles should feel oval and smooth. If you notice a hard lump, get checked by a doctor.

Keep in mind, the scrotum has other parts to it besides the testicles. You may feel small, squishy lumps of tubes. These tubes are the sperm tubes that connect your testicles to the rest of your body. These small bumps are normal, but anything that feels different than usual should be checked by a doctor.

  • An enlarged or swollen testicle, with or without pain
  • A heavy, aching feeling in the lower stomach, low back, or groin

From: Testicles FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Male Reproductive System."

Nemours Foundation: "Is It Normal for One Testicle to Be Bigger?"

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Physical Development in Boys: What to Expect."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Boys' Secondary Sex Characteristics."

Great Ormond Street Hospital: "Hanging Testicles."

American Cancer Society: "Do I Have Testicular Cancer?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Male Reproductive System."

Nemours Foundation: "Is It Normal for One Testicle to Be Bigger?"

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Physical Development in Boys: What to Expect."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Boys' Secondary Sex Characteristics."

Great Ormond Street Hospital: "Hanging Testicles."

American Cancer Society: "Do I Have Testicular Cancer?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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