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Testicular Cancer: Symptoms

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If you find a lump on your testicle, see your doctor to reduce your anxiety and get the facts.

What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

If you have testicular cancer, you may notice certain warning signs, or symptoms. You can also have testicular cancer without noticing any symptoms.

These are some of the possible symptoms of testicular cancer:

  • A lump on your testicle. The lump is often painless, but it can be uncomfortable.

  • Enlargement of a testicle

  • A feeling of heaviness or aching in the scrotum or lower belly (abdomen)

  • Swelling in your breasts

  • Pain in your lower back. This can be a sign of testicular cancer that has spread to your lymph nodes.

  • Shortness of breath, pain in the chest, or a cough. These can be signs that testicular cancer may have spread to your lungs.

  • In rare cases, you may have no symptoms other than infertility. Tests to find out why you are infertile may lead to finding testicular cancer.

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Richard, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 11/15/2015
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