Do you have a family member who has suffered from tetsticular cancer?
Have you felt a change, painless lump or swelling in either testicle?
Can you feel an ache in your lower abdomen or groin?
In 2010, 706 new cases of testicular cancer were diagnosed in Australia. The lifetime risk in Australia is 1 in 200.
Gold Coast Urologist Dr Elmes and his preferred team of oncologists treat testicular cancer early and aggressively, as such most are successfully treated with an overall survival rate of up to 99%.
Testicular cancer may cause no symptoms. The most common symptom is a painless swelling or a lump in a testicle.
Tests used to diagnose testicular cancer include:
ultrasound (to confirm the presence of a mass) and
blood tests for tumour markers.
However, the only way to definitively diagnose testicular cancer is by surgical removal of the affected testicle.
Whilst many other types of cancers are diagnosed by biopsy (removing a small piece of tissue from the tumour), cutting into a testicle could spread the cancer to other parts of the body. Hence the whole testicle needs to be removed if cancer is strongly suspected.
Contact Gold Coast Urologist (07) 5575 7922 for an urgent appointment