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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there a self-test for testicular cancer?

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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Testicular cancer: The self test you are looking for is called a physical exam! basically you must be familiar with your own body in order to notice any changes. Men are really supposed to exam their testicles once a month just as women are asked to exam their breasts once a month. Just pick a day of the month and get it done. If you feel a knot or lump see your doctor.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Scrotal exam.: Scrotal self exam is probably the best test you can do at home. This can find a painless mass, which is the most common way this tumor presents. Exam with a light to shine through the mass can determine if it is a hydrocele, or water collected in the scrotum. Otherwise your doctor can order an alphafetoprotein (afp), beta human Chorionic Gonadotropin (b-hcg), chest xray, and abd.+pelv. Ct scan.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What does the test for testicular cancer tell me?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Stage of tumor.: Scrotal self exam is probably the best test you can do at home. Otherwise your doctor can order an alphafetoprotein (afp), beta human Chorionic Gonadotropin (b-hcg), chest xray, and abdominal+pelvic ct scan. These help determine the stage of the tumor. In addition AFP is high only in non-seminoma, while b-hcg ican be high in both seminoma and non-seminoma.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is there a simple blood test for testicular cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
There are blood: Tests, alpha-feto-protein and human Chorionic Gonadotropin that are done after a diagnosis or stron suspicion of testicular cancer, and these are used to follow treatment, and look for recurrence. These, and no other tests, are used to screen normal men and boys looking to make a diagnosis, which what i think you were asking.

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