unless testicular cancer is diagnosed and treated at an early stage,
it may spread throughout the lymph node system into the lungs and remaining
parts of the body. Testicular cancer can be especially dangerous because
there are often no symptoms associated with it.
Symptoms & diagnosis
The testicle normally feels like a hard-boiled egg without the shell. If lumps or bumps are discovered, a physician, preferably a urologist, should be consulted at once. The best chance of prevention is early detection and treatment.
have persistent discomfort in my testes during the day, particularly
after sitting. Should I be concerned about cancer?
A variety of difficulties can lead to pain in one or both testes. When you're examined by your doctor for cancer, he can also check for hernia, which can cause the symptoms you describe.
If you feel pain mainly when you ejaculate, one of two problems is likely. Infection is a possibility, either in the testes or the epididymis (the mass of tubes that extend from the back of the testes). Mumps, of course, can infect the testes and occasionally leads to infertility. And sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia can infect the epididymis.
Still, infections just aren't that common, even though many men who complain of testicular pain are offered a simple course of antibiotics as treatment. If the pain is in both testes, and antibiotics don't seem to be helping, resist trying another course of a different antibiotic. When both hurt, it's rarely infection or a hernia.
likely, a general discomfort such as you describe is caused by muscle
spasms. Most men don't appreciate how many muscles there are in the
vicinity of the testes. The tip-off of a muscular problem is if the
pain is if the symptoms disappear with a hot bath. Besides the regular
baths, medication to relax the muscles will probably be helpful, and
wearing a jock strap will offer support. Knowing that you don't have
cancer will also do a world of good for your ability to relax.