This is something that guys generally don't worry about - never thought of it when I was a young man. But Thursday this 30 year old went into surgery to have a cancerous testicle removed. The first friend didn't make it - waited too long to see a doctor.
So this threat is to bring this type of cancer to your attention - if you didn't keep an eye out already. Turns out that it is pretty simple to watch out for - check once a month while having a shower. Or if you have a significant other in the shower with you then have them check.
The good news is that there is a very high cure rate if you find it early and go see a doctor.
Symptoms may also include one or more of the following:
a lump in one testis which may or may not be painful
sharp pain or a dull ache in the lower abdomen or scrotum
a feeling often described as "heaviness" in the scrotum
breast enlargement (gynecomastia) from hormonal effects of β-hCG
low back pain (lumbago) tumor spread to the lymph nodes along the back
It is not very common for testicular cancer to spread to other organs, apart from the lungs. However, if it has, the following symptoms may be present:
shortness of breath (dyspnea), cough or coughing up blood (hemoptysis) from metastatic spread to the lungs
a lump in the neck due to metastases to the lymph nodes
While I hope no one on the board encounters this problem I felt it important to bring up the cancer, how to check for it periodically and the strong cure rate.