Q: I am a 22-year old male college student and I have a nodule on my testicle. Could this be cancer?
A: Although testicular cancer is less common compared to other cancers, it is the most common cancer in males ages between 15 and 40 years old. Men with testicular cancer may experience a variety of symptoms, but remember these symptoms may not mean it’s cancer. Symptoms may include:
- Painless lump in either testicle (*this is the most common. The tumor may be about the size of a pea or a marble, but it can grow much larger)
- Discomfort in a testicle or scrotum
- Feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- Dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin
- Sudden buildup of fluid in the scrotum
- Lower back pain, shortness of breath, chest pain, and phlegm
- Swelling of 1 or both legs
In most cases, the individual finds the cancer themselves. Sometimes, it is discovered by doctors during a routine physical exam or noticed by a sexual partner. Fortunately, with modern treatment practices, testicular cancer is highly curable, even when found in advanced stages. Anyone who notices an unusual nodule or mass of testicle(s) should see their healthcare provider.