A testicle lump is swelling or a growth (mass) in one or both testicles.
Lump in the testicle; Scrotal mass
A testicle lump that does not hurt may be a sign of cancer. Most cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 15 to 40. It can also occur at older or younger ages.
Possible causes of a painful scrotal mass include:
Possible causes if the scrotal mass is not painful:
Starting in puberty, men at risk for testicular cancer may be taught to do regular exams of their testicles. This includes men with:
If you have a lump in your testicle, tell your health care provider right away. A lump on the testicle may be the first sign of testicular cancer. Many men with testicular cancer have been given a wrong diagnosis. Therefore, it is important to go back to your provider if you have a lump that doesn't go away.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your provider right away if you notice any unexplained lumps or any other changes in your testicles.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Tests and treatments depend on the results of the physical exam. A scrotal ultrasound may be done to find the cause of the swelling.
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