A painless lump or swelling in either testicleEnlargement or swelling of a testicle, or a change in the way it feelsFeeling of heaviness in the scrotumA dull ache in the lower abdomen or groinFluid or swelling in the scrotum, especially (though not exclusively) if it appears suddenlyPain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotumLower back pain (in later stages of the cancer)Breast enlargement or discomfort (rare)
Any of these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your doctor.
The best way to discover testicular cancer is by finding it yourself when it is small. As with all cancers, the best results come from early treatment.
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Last reviewed September 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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