Testicular cancer

Noticing symptoms

Testicular cancer

Noticing symptoms

Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. The most common symptom caused by testicular cancer is a lump or swelling in a testicle (testis).   

If you notice a change in your testicles have them checked out by a GP

What you need to know

Symptoms of testicular cancer

It is important to be aware of any changes to your testicles.

Symptoms that may be caused by testicular cancer include a change in your testicles such as:

  • swelling
  • a lump, often painless
  • hardness
  • change of shape
  • pain, discomfort or numbness
  • a feeling of heaviness.

Symptoms in other parts of the body can include:

  • aching in the lower abdomen or groin
  • lower back pain
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain.

If you notice any changes see your GP and tell them what you have noticed. Symptoms can seem minor but they should not be ignored.

Most symptoms are not caused by cancer, but it is always best to let your doctor know about any symptoms you have. Cancers that are diagnosed early can be easier to treat.

Next steps

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. 

Remember, cancers that are found earlier can be easier to treat.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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