Testicular cancer is relatively rare, affecting over 2,000 men every year, but the numbers are increasing. It is also the most common cancer in young men. Fortunately, it is rarely fatal, well under 100 men die from testicular cancer each year in the UK. It is one of the most treatable cancers, especially if caught early.
A lump on a testicle, enlargement or swelling of the scrotum, or a dull ache or pain felt in the testes.
Symptoms often present in only one testicle. Men should not assume they have cancer if they have any of the described effects, as these symptoms are often due to other less threatening causes.
The key symptoms to look out for are:
It's important to remember that testicular cancer may not cause any discomfort or pain, especially in the early stages. The most common symptom is a small painless lump.
Any of these symptoms can also have benign (i.e. non-cancerous) causes, but they should always be checked by a doctor.
For more information on testicular cancer
The British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) has information on testicular cancer