Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer develops in the testicles, which are the male reproductive glands. The testicles are located in the membranous pouch below the penis and are suspended from the body by the spermatic cord. They produce male reproductive cells called sperm and testosterone. Testicular Cancer is one of the most common cancers among men aged 20 to 34. It can occur as young as 15. The good news is that a simple three-minute examination every month can uncover signs of trouble. When detected early, testicular cancer is one of the most easily cured. The risk factors of having testicular cancer are undescended testicles in infants and young children, an identical twin with testicular cancer and a family history of testicular cancer. Be certain to tell your physician if you have any of these risk factors. Parents should have infants checked at birth for undescended testicles. The symptoms of testicular cancer may be symptom less in early stages. When symptoms do occur, they include: lump on the testicle, change in consistency of the testicle, enlargement of a testicle, enlargement of the male breasts and nipples, pain in the testicle, heavy sensation in the testicle or groin. Testicular cancer affects about 5,000 men a year and usually only one testicle is involved.