Physical & lab tests. A physical examination for testicular mass should be the first step. Some testicular cancers may be tested for by examining blood levels of afp, and hcg.
2 examinations. 1- physical examination to look for masses or lumps. Second is ultrasound.
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.
Ultrasound. Scrotal ultrasound is a fast and radiation free method of looking at the scrotum/testicles. It is often used when physical exam is suspicious.
No such thing. Sometimes certain blood tests can suggest or confirm the presence of testicular cancer but a physical exam and ultrasound (they touch you for that too) are vital parts of the diagnostic process. If you have issues with people touching you, maybe you need help with that. I'll tell you this: the vast majority of health professionals are serious folks that want nothing but to help you. Best 2U.
Symptoms/test. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men between the age of 15 and 35. Symptoms range from none to lump, swelling, heaviness, or pain in the testicle or scrotum and or abdomen/pelvis. Tests: first step is a physical exam that would reveal a firm lump in the involved testicle. In addition, an ultrasound of the scrotum would verify. Pathology would be confirmed after orchiectomy.
Testicular cancer. Testicular cancer occurs most frequently in younger males. Initially there is often a painless hardness or palpable deformity to the normally smooth testis. Regular self examinations are recommended for all males after puberty. Even if you don't know what you're feeling, you likely will know if it represents a change. Any question....Get your physician to check you.
What are the symptoms of testicular cancer and where can I go to get tested? What sort of test should I get if I'm worried?
Usually no symptoms. Most often noted as a mass which is not symptomatic. Test would be a physical exam not a lab test. You and/or your doctor can examine your testicles.
Palpable mass. Testicular cancer usually presents with a painless mass in the testicle. Systemic symptoms are rare unless metastatic at presentation. Rare tumors can produce hormonal side effects. The best first test is an ultrasound of the scrotum.
Usually hard lump. Found on scrotal examination or when washing or showering. Tumor side of scrotum may feel "heavy". No pain unless there is a bled into the cancer. Scrotal ultrasound is very reliable, ono-invasive & simple to perform. Can be ordered by your primary care dr. Or a urologist. Fortunately prognosis is usually very good if diagnosed early. Good luck.
I think I have testicular cancer and I'm ready to go get tested. Where should I go? I'm at college far away from home
Try health center. At your college. If it is not available, ask the student union for referral to a doctor or clinic.
Visit. A urologist. Discretion is an integral part of being a physician.
I don't know. What ttc means, or why you would hide a health concern from your spouse or partner, but you need a competent exam; likely next step is ultra sound, and if one or both are suspicious, markers (blood tests). No proof until biopsy, and most are done through the inguinal canal; not trans-scrotal.
Your doctor. Annual tests for testicular cancer are not recommended routinely. You should discuss your concern with your doctor to see if more than physical examination is needed.