Approximately 1 in 250 men get testicular cancer, but this rare condition responds very well to treatment. At Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists in Bellingham, Washington, the experienced team of urologists has specialized training in diagnosing and managing disorders that affect the male reproductive system, like testicular cancer. To learn more about testicular cancer, call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.
Testicular cancer originates in a man’s testicles. Also known as testes, your testicles hang in a loose bag of skin underneath your penis called the scrotum. Your testicles produce sperm and sex hormones.
There are two forms of testicular cancer: nonseminoma and seminoma. Nonseminoma tumors are more common in younger men and typically grow and spread quickly. A seminoma tumor often develops in older men and is less aggressive.
Testicular cancer usually occurs in males ages 15-35 and is highly treatable. In most cases, this rare condition only affects one testicle.
Experts don’t know the precise cause of testicular cancer. However, several factors can increase your risk of the disease, including:
Caucasian men have a greater chance of developing testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer can cause several symptoms, including:
It’s also common to experience back pain and fluid in your scrotum if you have testicular cancer.
The skilled team of urologists at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists can typically diagnose testicular cancer by providing a comprehensive physical. In many cases, your exam also includes an ultrasound to check your testicle for physical abnormalities and blood tests to look for signs of disease.
Based on your diagnosis and the extent of your condition, the Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists might suggest a variety of treatments, such as:
If you receive treatment for testicular cancer, the urologists at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists might also recommend coping methods to provide emotional support. These resources often include ways to talk about your condition with your friends and family, to learn more about your disease and treatment options, and to find testicular cancer support groups.
Call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.