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How can you tell the difference between testicular cancer and just epyditimitis?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Pain, tenderness.

Usually, epididymitis is painful while testicular cancer presents classically with a painless mass.
Fever, tenderness and swelling can also be present. The major cause in heterosexual men < 35 years old is chlamidya trachomatis, accounting for 70% of cases. A course of appropriate antibiotics clears it up. Testicular cancer can be worked up by taking AFB and b-hcg levels, chest x-ray, and ct.

In brief: Pain, tenderness.

Usually, epididymitis is painful while testicular cancer presents classically with a painless mass.
Fever, tenderness and swelling can also be present. The major cause in heterosexual men < 35 years old is chlamidya trachomatis, accounting for 70% of cases. A course of appropriate antibiotics clears it up. Testicular cancer can be worked up by taking AFB and b-hcg levels, chest x-ray, and ct.
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Might be difficult

You should be seen by a health care provider who can help you determine the problem.

In brief: Might be difficult

You should be seen by a health care provider who can help you determine the problem.
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Dr. James Eitner
Your doctor may be able to narrow the difference based on symptoms and exam. They may order an ultrasound to aid in the diagnosis. Epididymitis is typically painful and testicular cancer typically is not.
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