Testicular cancer is a rare occurrence but is still prevalent. This cancer affects the testis, the male reproductive organ that secretes the male hormone testosterone and sperms. Sometimes this cancer is picked up very late because the signs and symptoms appear to be very vague. Here Dr Rohit Joshi, Urologist, Chairman and Director for Aarna Super specialty hospital, Ahmedabad talks about the signs and symptoms so that one can pick it up early and act accordingly to get the requisite treatment.
Lump or swelling: Any painless lump or swelling on either testicle or scrotum should make you worried. It could be a red flag that needs serious attention. The cancer can grow silently without causing pain and get detected late. So if you see a swelling in the area don’ wait for further symptoms and get investigated.
Pain or discomfort: Any pain happening in any part of your body without any rhyme or reason should worry you, especially if it is happening down there. One symptom of this cancer could be pain or discomfort in the testicle or scrotum with or without swelling.
Feeling of heaviness: A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum should be an alarming symptom for you. It usually happens because of the growing cancer.
Dull pain: In the groin area or the lower abdomen. The pain isn’t restricted to the private parts and can travel way up to the lower abdomen.
Back pain: There are high chances that your doctor might pass off a persistent back pain as a muscular or spinal disorder. So if you are suffering from the same, it makes sense once to check your groin area and see if there are any swelling that seems unusual and report it to the doctor.
Unrelated symptoms: Some symptoms might be misleading but they spell danger for this cancer like shortness of breath, chest pain, and bloody sputum or phlegm. These are signs of advanced testicular cancer.
Swelling in the legs: Swelling in one or both legs can also be a symptom of testicular cancer.