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Cancer of the Testicle (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

The symptoms of testicular cancer can also have many other causes that have nothing to do with cancer. If men have any of these symptoms, it is best to be examined in a timely manner to rule out cancer and receive treatment for whatever condition they may have.

If men notice any of these symptoms or any abnormality or change in their testicles, they should visit a medical professional immediately, preferably a physician who specializes in diseases of the genitals and urinary tract (urologist).

  • Fear, ignorance, and denial are common reasons that men delay seeking medical help. In fact, many men will wait many weeks, months, or sometimes even more than a year, before consulting a doctor. This increases the risk that testicular cancer will be diagnosed at a more advanced stage and may require more intensive treatment. While highly curable, not all testicular cancer patients will be cured of their disease and can die of it. Early detection and treatment remain very important.
  • It is important to check out any lump or enlargement right away, because cancer of the testicle can grow rapidly and may double in size in as little as every 10-30 days.

Any severe testicular pain or injury warrants a visit to a hospital emergency department. A change in the appearance or an examination of the testicle should prompt a visit to your health-care provider.

If a male does not have a regular health-care provider, he should ask family members and friends for a referral. If that doesn't work, services listed below are available to help him find a urologist.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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