Here’s The Symptoms
- A swelling in one of the testicles – this is the most common symptom. This is usually painless, but in a few people the testicle may become swollen and very tender.
- An ache in the lower abdomen or in the affected testicle. Some people also experience a feeling of heaviness in their scrotum (the skin sac that holds the testicles).
- Sometimes the first symptoms are felt away from the testicles, such as back and stomach ache, or a cough. These can be signs that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
- On rare occasions, people experience tender nipples, caused by a hormone which is produced by some testicular cancers.
- Most lumps and swellings – especially those in the supporting tubes around the testicles – are not cancer. But it’s still important to get them checked out straight away by your family doctor (GP) all the same. They’ll examine you and refer you onto hospital if they think you need to see a specialist doctor.
- Some men find it difficult to talk about a problem to do with their genitals – and this can put them off seeing a doctor. If you have any of the symptoms listed and really feel that you can’t talk to them about it, you can always see your doctor on your own. You may find it easier to talk about once you have seen your GP. You don’t have to say why you want to see your doctor when you make an appointment – just tell them it’s private if they ask. If you feel embarrassed about seeing your doctor, you can always get things checked out at your local sexual health clinic.