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Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer symptoms may not be noticed at first. Other, less serious health problems may cause similar symptoms. It is important to see doctor. Finding and treating symptoms early improves the chance of a cure.

Common Symptoms

The most common symptom is a painless lump or mass in either testicle. This can be with or without swelling. Other symptoms may be:

  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A dull ache in the lower belly or groin
  • Fluid or swelling in the scrotum—this can happen slowly or quickly
  • Early puberty—linked to a certain type of testicular cancer
  • Breast enlargement or discomfort—rare, but linked to a certain type of testicular cancer


  • General information about testicular cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/testicular/patient/testicular-treatment-pdq#link/_1.
  • Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/testicular-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/signs-and-symptoms.html.
  • Testicular cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/testicular-cancer.
  • What are the symptoms of testicular cancer? Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: https://www.urologyhealth.org/urology-a-z/t/testicular-cancer.


  • Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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