The signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include, but are not limited to:
- A lump or enlargement in either testicle.
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum.
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum.
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts.
- Unexplained fatigue or a general feeling of not being well.
Testicular cancer is more common in white men than in black men. The presence of a cancer gene, TGCT1, may increase the risk of testicular cancer. This gene is passed on by the male's mother and cannot be passed on to his offspring through him.
Most cases of testicular cancers can be treated, with an even better chance if it is discovered at an earlier stage. It is possible to become infertile with treatment so considering sperm banking prior to treatments is encouraged. As the cause of testicular cancer is unknown, the best prevention is to carry-out monthly testicular self-examinations. Take care.