Testicular cancer is more common in men aged 20-44 and around 2,300 men are diagnosed every year in the UK - more than six every day.
Having a close relative with a history of testicular cancer or an undescended testicle (even if successfully treated) increases your risk.
For example, if your father had testicular cancer, you're around four times more likely to develop it than someone with no family history of the condition. If your brother had testicular cancer, you're about eight times more likely to develop it.
Keep an eye on things and check yourself once a month, after a warm bath or shower when the skin is relaxed.
This video will show you how.
Matt, from Shoreham, went to his GP with a lump.
He was diagnosed and treated quickly. He says, “I’m glad I was treated early and successfully. Losing my hair has only made me better looking.”
If you don’t have one, the NHS service search will help you find a GP near you.
- A lump on the testicle
- Swelling or enlargement of a testicle
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
- An unusual difference between one testicle and the other
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- A dull ache in the lower stomach or groin
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
- Unexplained fatigue or generally feeling unwell
Remember, these symptoms may not point to cancer but early diagnosis means it can be more easily and effectively treated. If you have any of these signs or symptoms go and see your GP.
If you attend your GP with a symptom and are referred for a specialist appointment, you can expect to be offered an appointment within two weeks of the referral being received. Make sure you attend.NEED HELP MAKING A GP APPOINTMENT?