Approximately 10, 000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer annually. What the statistics won’t tell you is that you might be you who becomes the statistic.
Testicular cancer is a very serious disease, and can be treated if the condition is found in its early phases. It’s vital for men to know what to look for.
Here are the 4 most common signs of testicular cancer you should know to look for.
Tender, Painful Testicles
Sure, the testicles are a pretty sensitive part of the body – but they should never outright hurt or feel painful to touch. This is one of the most common warning signs that something as wrong, and even if it doesn’t turn out to be testicular cancer, you should always have it checked out by your doctor.
Pain during Urination
Urination should never be painful, and any kind of tenderness, stabbing or burning sensation when you urinate is a bad thing no matter what the underlying cause of it is. Many times it’s a sign of a simple kidney or urinary tract infection that takes one course of antibiotics to fix, but combined with other common signs, it’s almost a sure sign that you should see your doctor and seek medical attention.
Pain during Ejaculation
Ejaculation can sometimes be painful, causing either pain directly in the pipelines, or a sharp pain in the testes. This is never normal, and could be an early warning sign of testicular cancer that you should watch out for. You should also take note if the testicles go up too far into the abdomen after ejaculation, coughing or strain – this could indicate a hernia.
Nodules on the Testicles
This is the most common presentation for testicular cancer. Painless nodule, or bump that you notice on your testicles. Regular testicular examinations (gently, and usually after a bath – in a circular motion) should be part of your daily habit to watch for any changes, swelling or nodules on the testicles; all of these can be more early warning signs of testicular cancer.
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