When we talk about body health and the terrible diseases that we are exposed to every day, we shouldn’t forget to mention the testicles cancer. It doesn’t happen very often but we must know that the testicles are organs that needs to be protected.
Cancer of the testicles, also known as testicular cancer, is one of the less common cancers. It usually affects younger men between the ages of 15 -49.
Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles, which are located inside the scrotum, a loose bag of skin underneath the penis. The testicles produce male sex hormones and sperm for reproduction.
This cancer is highly treatable, even when cancer has spread beyond the testicle. Depending on the type and stage of testicular cancer, you may receive one of several treatments, or a combination. Regular testicular self-examinations can help identify growths early, when the chance for successful treatment of testicular cancer is highest.
The common symptom that we must know is a painless lump or swelling in the testicles. Other symptoms can include:
– A dull ache in the scrotum (the sac of skin that hangs underneath the penis and contains the testicles)
– A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
– A sudden collection of fluid in your scrotum
– A general feeling of being sick
The causes of testicular cancer are unknown, but a number of things have been identified that increase the change of developing the condition.
- Having a family history of testicular cancer
- Being born with undescended testicle
- Previous testicular cancer
- Endocrine disruptors
It’s important to be aware of what feels normal for you. Get to know your body and see your doctor if you notice any changes.