Before going into detail about testicle lumps and causes, let it be known that not every lump found on or inside the testicle is a result of cancer. Although a known symptom of cancer don't let it concern you until every other reason for the lump being there is identified as not the cause.
Yes, testicular cancer is typically associated with a lump, but just as typical, is genital trauma as well, so don't panic at this point while we sift through other reasons and causes of a lump.
It's clear because you are reading this you have a worry about you or someone else's well-being, don't you want to talk to a doctor about the testicle lump you have felt. I get it, you're frightened witless. What fears you the diagnosis you may get. Are you embarrassed to speak up and reach out for help? I suggest you reach out because not everything that comes out of a doctor's mouth is sinister.
1. Let us look at the testicular cyst a common problem for men. Cysts located on the testicle don't mean it is cancerous. Cysts feel smooth and are growths filled with milky or clear fluid). The size of cysts can vary coming small or large (swollen). They are not known to cause pain.
2. Could epididymis be what you are experiencing? The epididymis is a tube-like structure connected to the testicle with the vas deferens. This condition baffles many into thinking lumps are present. The epididymis sits to the rear of each testicle and if it becomes swollen it can fool the observer. A swollen epididymis is referred to as the epididymitis. Young men tend to get treated in the hundreds for sexually transmitted infections (Gonorrhea and Chlamydia) apparently because epididymitis is a complication of both diseases.
3. The common cause for a lump or bump is a hernia which is recognized as a loop of bowel that protrudes through openings in the abdominal wall causing swelling. This now joins between the top of the leg (thigh) and abdomen (inguinal region). A hernia may not stay in the same place and move into the scrotum. An inguinal hernia is often diagnosed in men because of a probable weakness in the groin and abdominal wall. Not all hernias' unless increased in size or painful will a man know he has it.
4. Hydrocele / Varicocele: Hydrocele mainly happens in front of the testis. If a doctor has confirmed you have this then what you have is a collection of harmless sterile fluid in the cord linked to the testicle. The hydrocele can grow to an uncomfortable stage where drainage becomes a primary option to stop the mass getting bigger. The varicocele happens because of enlarged blood vessels. Both conditions could require surgery depending on their state especially if an infection is present causing pressure on blood vessels.
5. Insect bites can cause infection in the scrotum as the same goes for sexually transmitted diseases as well
6. Pain is imminent if you get kicked between the legs as so is likely bruising, swelling and lumps. Pain that doesn't go away after a couple of hours should be checked out. Persistent pain and bloody urine is not good and therefore medical assistance is required to stop bleeding into the testicles.
7. A twisted spermatic cord is caused by a painful condition called testicular torsion, also seen as dangerous. If this is not treated early the affected testicle may have to be removed. Torsion stops blood getting to the testicle preventing tissue from surviving which the tissue needs. Torsion pain will continue until medical help is underway. The process to fix this includes surgery where the testicle is manipulated back to its correct setting. It is vital surgery is carried out immediately to avoid complications. Some surgery to stop future twisting will include both testicles stitched to the scrotum.
Symptoms and signs that say see a doctor.
- Anal lump
- Penis discharge
- Scrotum Pain
- Bloody urine
Although painkillers and a cold damp compress are a great form of relief, they'll never remove a testicle lump if caused by something other than an everyday injury These are good treatments for mild trauma but that's about it. Act sensibly and get help sooner than later.