Arizona Oncology - The US Oncology Network

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

4/01/2011

TESTICULAR CANCER:  KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

In the United States approximately 8,480 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year.  It is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35.  The good news, however, is that testicular cancer is also one of the most curable types of cancer.

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 in their testicles.  Possible signs and symptoms 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 plays a major role in helping men across Arizona and their families win the battle against testicular cancer by providing easy access to a full range of advanced cancer care services in a setting 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.