Testicular Cancer

Below you will find more information about Testicular Cancer from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Testicular Cancer it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Testicular Cancer and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Testicular Cancer comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Testicular cancer is characterized by a growth of a malignant mass in the testicles or testes, which are located inside the scrotum below the penis of males.

Diagnosis

Most testicular cancers are discovered intentionally or unintentionally through self-examination to check for lumps. In some cases, testicular cancer may be detected during a routine physical exam. For a definite diagnosis, the following tests may be recommended: ultrasound; blood tests; and sometimes a biopsy.

Treatment

In general, testicular cancer is treatable, even if it has spread beyond the testicle. The primary treatment is radical inguinal orchiectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the affected testicle. In addition, radiation therapy and chemotherapy may also been integrated in treatment.

Symptoms and Signs

Common symptoms of testicular cancer include: enlarged testicles; a lump on either one of the testicles; a sensation of heaviness in the scrotum; a dull ache the abdomen or groin region; pain and general discomfort in the scrotum or testicle; tenderness or enlargement of male breasts; as well as unexplained fatigue and general malaise. Testicular cancer typically affects only one of the testicles.

Causes

The exact cause of testicular cancer is currently not known. However, this type of carcinoma has been linked to factors that cause abnormalities in the germ cells, or the cells in the testicles that produce sperm.

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