Testicular cancer only occurs in 1% of the male population, but it is the most common type of cancer in young males, ages 15 to 35. Although it is alarming to be diagnosed with any form of cancer, the good news is that when caught in the early stages, testicular cancer is highly treatable. According to the American Cancer Society, there is a 99% survival rate in cases that are treated prior to the spread of the disease beyond the testicles.
Regular self-exams to look and feel for any lumps or abnormalities is extremely important for young males in order to catch the disease before it progresses.
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The most common sign of testicular cancer is a small lump—usually pea-sized— or a hardened area found on one of the testicles. It is important to understand that a healthy testicle will feel bumpy, because it houses numerous blood vessels, sperm tubes, and reproductive tissue. However, if the lump you feel is hard like a bean or feels different from tissue on the other testicle, it is important to follow up with a physician for a more thorough examination. Just because you find a lump, does not necessarily mean that you have testicular cancer; it could be symptomatic of a less serious disorder, including varicocele (an enlargement of blood vessels), a small cyst called a spermatocele, or an inguinal hernia. Since early diagnosis is the best predictor of a successful recovery, it is important not to put off a trip to the doctor. No matter what the cause, it will require some form of treatment.