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Diagnosing Testicular Cancer

The earlier testicular cancer is found, the better your chances of beating it, underlining how important it is to check yourself regularly and get anything out of the ordinary seen to by your GP.

Research has shown that less than four per cent of testicular lumps are cancerous but it’s still important to get it checked. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your GP, you can go to your local sexual health clinic where a professional will examine you. You can find your local clinic by clicking here.

Usually, your GP or health professional will ask about your symptoms and medical history, then carry out a physical examination of your testicles. This will help determine whether the lump may be cancerous or whether it’s one of the more common, less serious causes of testicular lumps.

If the exact cause of the lump or swelling is still unclear you will be referred to your nearest hospital to see a specialist for further tests. These can range from a simple ultrasound or blood test to a biopsy, x-ray or scan, and will help determine whether the lump is cancerous and if so, the exact type and stage of the cancer.

To read more about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer click here.