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What to do if i was just wondering how testicular cancer is caused, and what are signs of it?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Mass is common: Testicular cancer is usually detected by a mass or firmness in the testicle (scrotum). They can be quite small, but any abnormality in size or shape of the testicle should be evaluated. Ultrasound and blood tests for specific hormones (plap, hcg, alpha-fetoprotein, etc) can be used to detected if there is systemic disease.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Testicular mass: Usually painless. If this is not a cryptorchid testis and the person is not an intersex, it's basically dumb luck. There was a claim on an old retrospective study that physical fitness contributes to risk, but i believe this simply men exaggerating their achievements after losing a testis. Early puberty and lack of exercise are listed as possible risk factors.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Just so i know to watch out for it. Are there any signs besides testicular lumps for testicular cancer?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Lumps most common: Pain is usually not present, so lumps are the most common symptom.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are some symptoms of testicular cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on stage: And type of cancer. Like most cancers, early testicular cancer usually does not have symptoms. Common symptoms are swelling in the scrotum, heaviness or pain in the testes, hormonal symptoms depending on the type of tumor, swelling in the groin and late masses in the abdomen. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/testicular-cancer/basics/definition/con-20043068.

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