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A lot of you have been leaving messages worried about lumps on your testicles and wondering what you should do about them. Well, any lump that you find on your testicles should be checked out by a doctor but there is no need to worry because the vast majority of lumps will be benign. Only about 4 in every 100 that are diagnosed turn out to be cancerous. Don’t be an ostrich and stick your head in the sand however, the only way you’ll actually get a diagnosis is to see a doctor.

One person has left a comment here that one of their testicles is three times bigger than the other. Well, if this has always been the case since birth or as long as you can remember it’s almost certainly nothing to worry about. All of us have slightly different size testicles, but if this is new, if this is a change and the testicle has been getting bigger over time then do go and get it checked out by your GP. It could be sign of an infection or a tumour, the only way you’ll know is to ask your GP.

I have noticed that loads of you are leaving comments that you’re too embarrassed to go and see you GP’s about stuff. Well, you’ve seen this show; the truth is we really have seen it all. You will not be the first patient that day with that condition. The truth is your GP is the best person to ask and can offer you good treatment so please don’t be embarrassed and go along.

I have noticed that a lot of you are leaving messages worrying about lumps in relation to testicular cancer but it is important for you to know that a lump isn’t the only sign of a cancer. Testicular tumours particularly can cause other symptoms. Things to look out for would be, not only changes in shape and size of the testicles, but also an ache and a dullness in the testicle, a feeling of heaviness or indeed some discomfort in the lower abdominal area. Sometime you might also notice a swelling because of fluid gathering in the scrotum and you may feel generally tired and run down. If you have any of these symptoms see your GP.

I’ve got a question here from a guy who’s worried that he might be at increased risk of having testicular cancer because his brother has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Well, actually that’s a very sensible question, and yes you are at increased risk. If you brother’s had testicular cancer then you are 8 to 10 times more likely to also develop testicular cancer. If your father had it then you are around 4 to 6 time more likely. What does this mean? Well, it means you simply have to check your testicles regularly and if you find any lumps or any changes then go and see your GP.

Reading your comments on the website I am noticing that a lot of you are describing the changes to the various lumps and bumps you have. This worries me because any lump or bump you find in the first instance you need to go and see your GP to get a diagnosis, don’t wait and see how it changes. The reason for this is very simple, testicular cancer although its rare is treatable and indeed curable if it’s caught early. Leave it too long and you make treatment very difficult indeed.

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Doctor Responses: Testicular Cancer

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I'm 22 years old and i now and again get a dull ache/sharp pain in my left testical. I can feel it in my inner thigh/groin area at times. I can't feel any lumps but it is quite sensitive and uncomfortable. Is this likely to be serious and should I go to my local GP to check it out?





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Hi i'm 20 years old and i found 2 3 small hard lumps in my left testicles. I did my check up and the doctors says it is a cyst but i have a pain in my groin area and low back pain. I worried that i have a testicular cancer but they it is just a cyst.





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Hi iv got a small lump on my right testicle which the doctor says is a cyst but a couple of times a week I have a terrible pain in my right groin area almost bad enough that I have to sit down for 10 minutes and with that my right testicle goes solid like a hard boiled egg I can't touch it its so painful, iv had an ultrasound scam done about 18 months ago on my groin which showed nothing but it's still happening





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what was the cure

I am 62, had hernia on both sides repaired once, followed by trsticles becoming black and large as grapefruit. Doctor said not to worry. Have healed but left testicle maybe 8-10 times larger than right. Sometimes burning pain and redness of testicles that goes away., but comes back, occurring off and on these past six months following last hernia surgery. Should I be worried of size of testicle? What about redness and pain that occurs occasionally? I don't like the heavy large testicles as uncomfortable sitting and walking. Can somebody help? I have ED and large prostrate diagnosed. One urologist indicated nothing to worry about and told me to learn to live with it.





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hi doctor i am 20 year old and when i was 12 year old i had a operation to my penis which make front skin of my penis folded, from then it is not growing large. i was very much worry about it please give me a reply about this . thank you





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Dear Doctor, I'm currently 20 years old and I'm from the south Asian region. When I was maybe 14/15 years old I had a disease named mumps/mums, which caused my testicles to grow bigger and they became weird shaped (the right testicle or maybe both testicles, I can't remember). So I took medicines and they became normal size. But after few days I noticed that my right testicle shrunk down. My right testicle became 3X times smaller than the left one. I told my parents and they took me to the doctor. The doctor did couple of X-rays and he told me that my right testicle was destroyed due to the effect of the disease I had. I consulted another doctor and he said the same thing and told me that it won't effect my sex life or prevent me from became father afterwards. But I became very upset due to my weird size testicle and I think it hampered the growth of my penis. My penis size is relatively small, it's only 4.5 inches when fully erect. Please give me some suggestions Doctor. I'm always sad due to this problem. Is there any solutions? and is anything bad gonna happen in the future for this? Please Please Please answer Doc, I'll be very grateful and relived if I get your suggestions. Thanks in advance.





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Dear Doctor, I'm currently 20 years old and I'm from the south Asian region. When I was maybe 14/15 years old I had a disease named mumps/mums, which caused my testicles to grow bigger and they became weird shaped (the right testicle or maybe both testicles, I can't remember). So I took medicines and they became normal size. But after few days I noticed that my right testicle shrunk down. My right testicle became 3X times smaller than the left one. I told my parents and they took me to the doctor. The doctor did couple of X-rays and he told me that my right testicle was destroyed due to the effect of the disease I had. I consulted another doctor and he said the same thing and told me that it won't effect my sex life or prevent me from became father afterwards. But I became very upset due to my weird size testicle and I think it hampered the growth of my penis. My penis size is relatively small, it's only 4.5 inches when fully erect. Please give me some suggestions Doctor. I'm always sad due to this problem. Is there any solutions? and is anything bad gonna happen in the future for this? Please Please Please answer Doc, I'll be very grateful and relived if I get your suggestions. Thanks in advance.





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One of my testicals is huge there is definetly something wrong dont no what if a std or cancer could you help pleae





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Hi in 17 years old and i have found a lump on the left side of my scrotum it looks like a white head spot it hard and wont pop in very worried that it could be cancerous would i see my doctor or has anyone had it and its harmless





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hello when I was a child I had undescended testicles, I had to have surgery to have them brought them brought down into my scrotum. I was around 8 years of age at the time. I did notice on and off for quite a long while after the surgery I did get quite a sharp pain in my lower abdomen once a week. thankfully I have stopped getting that pain as I got older, however one day I noticed a dark spot on the top right of my penis I went to my doctor one day, now as a caution I have had to have it monitored every few months by another doctor, sometimes I do get a dull ache in my lower abdomen. I'm 34 years of age.





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