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Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is where cells in a testicle become abnormal and grow into a tumour. This usually starts in the cells that develop into sperm.

If not found early, the cancer can spread into lymph nodes and to other parts of your body. This is why it is very important to regularly check your own testicles for any new changes. Changes to look out for include lumps, a change in size, a feeling of heaviness or unevenness in the scrotum, and any discomfort.

Testicular cancer occurs most often in men aged 20 to 40. Some men have a higher risk of developing testicular cancer. These include:

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Urology, Canterbury DHB. May 2016.

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