Symptoms of testicular cancer
Symptoms of testicular cancer include the following:
- Lump or swelling in the testicle: The first symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on the testicle, or a swelling. Some testicular tumors may cause pain, but most of the time they do not. Sometimes, men with testicular cancer can also experience a feeling of heaviness or aching in the lower abdomen or scrotum
- Pain or discomfort in the testicle or the scrotum
- Change in the way the testicle feels, or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
- Dull ache in the lower abdomen
- Breast growth or soreness: In rare cases, tumors can make breasts grow or become sore. This occurs because certain cells contain high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.
- Early puberty in boys: Some tumoral cells can produce male sex hormones. While they won’t cause any specific symptoms in men, they can cause early signs of puberty in boys. These include a deepening voice and growth of facial and body hair.
Some symptoms of advanced testicular cancer include:
- Lower back pain
- Shortness of breath, chest pain, or a cough
- Belly pain
- Headaches or confusion
- Swelling of one or both legs or shortness of breath from a blood clot (lung embolism)
If you experience any of these symptoms, and/or changes, consult with physician, who will then assess the reasons behind these changes. Together, both of you can come up with a course of action to reduce the symptoms and treat the tumor.