According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in every 250 males will develop testicular cancer at some point throughout his lifetime. With this in mind, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of testicular cancer so that you can be on the lookout for any signs of this malignancy. Testicular cancer can cause:
- Pain or discomfort in one or both testicles
- A lump or swelling in one or both testicles (with or without pain)
- Pain or discomfort in the scrotum
- A feeling of heaviness within the scrotum
- A sudden accumulation of fluid in the scrotum
- Breast tenderness or enlargement
- A dull ache or feeling of pressure in the abdomen, lower back or groin
- An overall feeling of malaise (which may include fatigue, fever, sweating, mild chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath)
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to consult with an experienced medical provider as soon as possible, since there are generally more treatment options available during the early stages of testicular cancer.
Signs of testicular cancer in boys
Testicular cancer primarily affects adult males—according to the American Cancer Society, the average age at the time of diagnosis is 33—but children and teens can also develop it. In addition to the symptoms described above, boys with testicular cancer may experience early signs of puberty, including accelerated voice deepening as well as hair growth on the face and body.
The team to choose for testicular cancer treatment
If you’re experiencing the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, you can rely on Moffitt Cancer Center for diagnosis and treatment. Our Urologic Oncology Program includes testicular cancer specialists who offer our patients a comprehensive and individualized treatment experience.