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Unlike many cancers, testicular cancer mainly affects younger men between the ages of 15 and 34. Also unlike many cancers, testicular cancer has a high chance of being cured even when diagnosed in the later stages.

Testicular cancer is fairly rare, and there are many treatment options. It is nothing to take lightly, but the chances for recovery are very high.

Recognizing the signs of testicular cancer

The most common sign of testicular cancer is a lump or swelling in the testicle. Other symptoms may include a heavy feeling in the scrotum, a dull ache in the groin, back pain and breast tenderness. You may be at an increased risk for testicular cancer if you have an undescended testicle or had abnormal testicular development. A family history of testicular cancer also increases your risk factors.

There are no prevention techniques for testicular cancer, but self-examining your testicles once a month is a good way to remain vigilant. If you think you may have testicular cancer, your doctor may suggest an ultrasound or blood test to make an official diagnosis.

Types of testicular cancer and treatment options

There are two primary types of testicular cancer

  • Seminoma: Seminoma tumors are more common in older men. They are the least aggressive of the two main types of testicular cancer
  • Nonseminoma: These tumors usually occur in younger men and spread rapidly

Treatment options for testicular cancer include surgery to remove the testicle and sometimes the lymph nodes. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are also possible treatments. These treatments can decrease your fertility. If this is a concern for you, having your sperm deposited in a sperm bank may be a viable option before you begin treatment.