I am a 24 year old east indian male. I had an undescended (right) testicle at birth, for which I had surgery when I was 2.5 years old. An year later ( at 3.5 years) I had a hernia operation also. Now, for the past one year I have observed a very small painless irregularity on my right testis. This lump has not grown at all for as long as I can remember. I was not concerned about it until recently when I started reading about testicular cancer. Also, my right (undescended) testicle is about half the size of my left (normal) testicle. What is the chance of this being a benign tumor. What should be my next step?
Having an undescended testicle puts you at a higher risk for testicular cancer so your medical history alone is enough for you to see a urologist and have an ultrasound done.
The lump may not be cancer but why would you take that chance? Testicular cancer is highly curable when treated early so with monthly self exams and seeing your doctor if you find something suspicious, you should be able to live your life with no worries about this. I hope that helps.
These are the symptoms of testicular cancer.
* A lump or mass in either testicle
* Swelling or any enlargement of a testicle
* A collection of fluid in the scrotum
* A dull ache in the groin, lower abdomen, or back
* The feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
* Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
* Tenderness or enlargement of the breasts
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