Frequently Asked Questions

Testicular Cancer

Please visit a urologist in your area. Newborns may have an undescended testicle but almost all boys should have it drop to the scrotum by one year of age. An undescended testicle at an older age has an increased chance of cancer later in life. But this does not mean it will become cancerous. If the testicle were in the scrotum it would continue to function and you could check periodically to see if a cancer were developing. If you are older than one year and have an undescended testicle then you should definitely see a urologist in your area to either perform orchiopexy to put it down in the scrotum, or have orchiectomy to remove it. Which one is right depends on factors you can discuss with your urologist.

If you think there is a lump on your testicle, it could be cancer. Testicular cancer grows slowly at times, and quickly at others. Some lesions are benign, meaning that they are bothersome, but won’t spread. Others are malignant and have potential for great harm. There are many examples of a person having a problem and not noticing it until they have an “event” like falling off of a bike. The best way to be sure is to visit your urologist. They will be able to examine it and see what it is all about. They might even order an ultrasound of your scrotum to see what it looks like inside and help make the decision easier. Hopefully it will turn out to be a cyst or fibrotic mass and not cancer at all.

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