A testicle lump is swelling or a growth (mass) in one or both testicles.
A testicle lump that does not hurt may be a sign of cancer. Most cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 15 - 40, although it can also occur at older or younger ages.
Possible causes of a painful testicle include:
Possible causes if the testicle is not painful:
Call your health care provider right away if you notice any unexplained lumps or any other changes in your testicles.
Tests and treatments depend on the results of the physical exam.
Starting in puberty, men at risk for testicular cancer may be taught to examine their testicles on a regular basis. This includes men with:
If you have a lump in your testicle, tell your health care provider immediately. A lump on the testicle may be the first sign of testicular cancer. Many men with testicular cancer have been mistakenly given another diagnosis, so return to your health care provider if you have a persistent testicular lump.
Lump in the testicle
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Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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