Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15 to 35.
What is testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer is a type of cancer that grows in the tissues of one or both testicles, glands that are located in the scrotum. Most cases of testicular cancer start out in the sperm-making cells known as germ cells. There are two main types: seminoma and nonseminoma. The first is slow-growing while the second tends to be more aggressive.
Who develops testicular cancer?
Your risk of testicular cancer may be increased if you:
have a family history of testicular cancer
have a history of undescended testicle
What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?
Some may experience symptoms, while others don’t. Symptoms of testicular cancer include:excess development of breast tissue
lump or swelling in testicle
testicular pain or discomfort
These symptoms may also signal other illnesses or conditions. If you’re experiencing any of them, discuss the problem with your physician.
How is testicular cancer diagnosed?
Lumps or masses may be found during a physical examination. Scrotal ultrasound can often diagnose testicular cancer. Imaging tests, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and blood tests are used.
Valley Hospital’s Urologic Oncology Center offers the most comprehensive care and treatments for testicular cancer. To make an appointment, call 201-634-5567 .