What happens if testicular cancer is left untreated?
If it is not detected and treated, testicular cancer eventually can spread to the lungs, brain, liver, and other parts of the body. Certain types of testicular cancer are more likely to spread than others. Sometimes the cancer will have already spread at the initial time of diagnosis.
How do you know if testicular cancer has spread?
If testicular cancer has spread to other parts of your body, you may also experience other symptoms.
Symptoms of metastatic testicular cancer can include:
- a persistent cough.
- coughing or spitting up blood.
- shortness of breath.
- swelling and enlargement of male breasts.
- a lump or swelling in your neck.
- lower back pain.
How bad is testicular cancer pain?
Testicular cancer is not usually painful. But the first symptom for some men is a sharp pain in the testicle or scrotum.
Is testicular cancer fatal?
Testicular cancer is a potentially deadly disease. Although it accounts for only 1.2% of all cancers in males, cancer of the testis accounts for about 11%-13% of all cancer deaths of men between the ages of 15-35.
How do you feel when you have testicular cancer?
Hold your testicle between your thumbs and fingers with both hands and roll it gently between your fingers. Look and feel for any hard lumps or nodules (smooth rounded masses) or any change in the size, shape, or consistency of your testicles.
What can be mistaken for testicular cancer?
More common than testicular cancer is epididymitis, which is inflammation of the epididymis, a tubular structure next to the testicle where sperm mature.
Can testicular cancer go away by itself?
Testicular cancer is unusual; most others do not disappear. But there is growing evidence that cancers can go backward or stop, and researchers are being forced to reassess their notions of what cancer is and how it develops.
Is testicular cancer lump hard or soft?
The lump will usually form on the front or side of a testicle. It will often feel hard, and the entire testicle may feel firmer than usual.