Early signs of testicular cancer often noticeable
Experts say that men could benefit greatly by being alert to certain cancer symptoms. It only requires a trip to the doctor’s office sooner, rather than later. But when it comes to scheduling doctor visits, men are notorious foot-draggers. In fact, some men would never go to the doctor if it weren’t for the women in their lives.
Linda Greeff, founder of People Living with Cancer and Cancer Buddies, comments that routine preventive care can diagnose cancer and other diseases in their early stages. When cancer is found early enough, there are more options for treatment. This means that there are also better chances for a cure.”
The testicles produce male sex hormones and sperm for reproduction. The first sign of testicular cancer is often enlargement of the testicle or a small lump or area of hardness on the testicle, which can be either painless or painful. Other symptoms may go unnoticed until the cancer is advanced and has spread to other parts of the body.
Regular testicular self-examinations and examinations by a doctor can help detect cancer at an early stage, when it is more likely to be successfully treated. If you are concerned about a symptom, please talk to your doctor.
Symptoms of testicular cancer may include:
- A lump on a testicle.
- Scrotum that seems swollen or bigger than usual.
- Dull pain or ache in the testicle.
- Dull ache or heaviness in the lower part of the abdomen.
- Symptoms are often present in one testicle only.
Most often, testicular cancer can be detected at an early stage, and men often find the cancer themselves while performing self-examinations. Some doctors recommend that men ages 15 to 55 perform a monthly self-examination to identify any changes. Men who notice a lump, hardness, enlargement, pain, or any other change in one or both of their testicles should visit their doctor immediately.
Should you, a friend or a family member be diagnosed with cancer and would like more information on People Living with Cancer and Cancer Buddies, please contact, 0800 033 337, visit their website www.cancerbuddies.org.za or www.plwc.org.za or e-mail them at [email protected].
A Cancer Buddies branch has been established in Pretoria, Gauteng and they can be contacted directly on (012) 807-2744.