Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is an abnormal growth of cells originating from the testicle. It is the most common cancer in men aged 15-34, but overall it is fairly rare with only 8,400 cases diagnosed in the U.S. annually. Testicular cancer symptoms include:

  • Painless lump on the testicle

  • Dull ache in the testicle

  • Swelling of the testicle

Two risks factors for testicular cancer have been identified:

  • History of undescended testicle

  • Family history of testicular cancer


Until proven otherwise, a lump on the testicle must be evaluated for testicular cancer. The physicians at Athens Area Urology will evaluate any suspicious testicular lump with testicular ultrasound. Suspicious tumors are first treated by removing the testicle through a small groin incision (orchiectomy). Subsequent treatment depends on the type of tumor removed.


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