Arizona Oncology - The US Oncology Network

TESTICULAR CANCER: KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

4/01/2012

In the United States approximately 8,290 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year.  Despite being the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35, testicular cancer is also one of the most curable.

The American Cancer Society recommends all men have a testicular exam as part of general physical examination and routine cancer-related check-up.  During a testicular exam, the physician will feel the genital organs (penis, scrotum, and testicles) and examine them for the presence of lumps, swelling, shrinking, or other visual signs of an abnormality. A testicular examination can detect the causes of pain, inflammation, swelling, congenital abnormalities such as an absent or undescended testicle, and lumps or masses that may indicate testicular cancer.

While routine testicular exams are important, most testicular cancer is detected by men themselves, either unintentionally or by self-examination.  While no studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of testicular self-examination, it is important for all men to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and consult with their healthcare provider if they notice any change.  Possible signs of testicular cancer include:

 

  • a painless lump or swelling in a testicle
  • pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
  • any enlargement of a testicle or change in the way it feels
  • a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • a dull ache in the lower abdomen, back, or groin
  • a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum

Arizona Oncology has helped countless men throughout Arizona and their families win the battle against testicular cancer by providing easy access to a full range of advanced cancer care services in an environment that allows patients to remain close to their homes and their support networks of family and friends.  As a member of The US Oncology Network, we can quickly bring the latest advances in therapies, research and technology to where patients live. As a result, patients access the best possible treatment with the least amount of disruption to their daily lives.

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Arizona Oncology is united in healing with The US Oncology Network. The US Oncology Network unites one of the nation’s largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks to expand patient access to high-quality care and advance the science of cancer care.  As a member of The US Oncology Network, physicians and clinicians at Arizona Oncology are united with more than 1,000 physicians and 10,000 cancer professionals from across the country.  For more information, visit www.usoncology.com or arizonaoncology.com