Signs of Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is actually treatable. "If it’s found early, there’s a 98 to 99 percent survival rate," says Rob Seaver, of the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.

For a quick self-check, gently roll each testicle between your thumb and fingers and feel for any small lumps. You should also watch out for the following medical problems:

Testicular torsion

This is a condition characterized by a twisted spermatic cord (made of arteries, veins, and nerves) from which the testicle hangs. If the spermatic cord is twisted, blood flow is cut off causing severe pain. If testicular torsion is left untreated for more than for hours, you will lose the testicle. Go for an ultrasound. If you do have testicular torsion, it is treated by untwisting the cord and sewing each testing to the inside of your scrotum to prevent future torsion.

Varicoceles

Veins contain valves that keep blood flowing in one direction. However, a valve can sometimes malfunction. If a valve malfunctions in the scrotum, the veins will swell with blood, causing pain and a heavy sensation. But though there is no immediate danger from varioceles, the ensuing increase in temperature can cause a reduction in semen quality and testosterone production. Ask your doctor on how to correct leaky valves.

Epididymitis

Epididymitis is the gland on top of the testicles that gather sperm and transport it to the vas deferens. If bacteria inflame the epididymitis, the pain can be difficult to tell apart from that caused by torsion. The best thing to do is to go for an ultrasound. Antibiotics can fight epididymitis and anti-inflammatory meds can alleviate the pain.

Source: MSN Health