How to recognise the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer

Men have been urged to visit their GP if they recognise any worrying signs. Photo: PA Wire

After a survey revealed that 75% of London men are unaware of how to correctly check themselves for the signs of testicular cancer, here is a guide on how best to check for symptoms.

Symptoms can include:

  • Swelling or a lump in the testicle which is usually painless
  • A dull ache and a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • Around 20% of men have a sharp pain in the scrotum as a first symptom

If the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of your body, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Pain in the back, groin or lower abdomen
  • A cough or breathlessness
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • A swelling in the chest

Doctors and health advisers continuously urge men to check their testicles regularly for any signs of the disease:

  • A good time for men to check their testicles is after a warm bath or shower
  • You should feel for lumps and anything unusual as well as differences between your testicles
  • Hold the scrotum in the palm of your hand and examine each testicle using your finger and thumb
  • A normal testicle should feel smooth and firm, but not hard

Cancer Research UK stress the importance of men going to their GPs as soon as possible if they spot any worrying symptoms.

For more information on Testicular Cancer visit the Macmillan website