Urology Specialists of Ohio
Thank you for choosing the Urology Specialists of Ohio. Your care and well-being are our primary concerns, and we want your stay
to be as comfortable as possible. Please call us if you have any questions at (937) 342-9260
What is testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumour in a testis. A cancer will usually appear as a painless lump in a testis. If a man sees a doctor as soon as a lump, swelling or pain in a testis is noticed, the cancer can remain localised (remain within the testis). However, if not treated, the cancer typically spreads to other parts of the body via the blood or lymphatic system. Testicular cancer has a very good cure rate (about 95 per cent).
How common is testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer is not very common, being diagnosed in about 700 Australian men each year; however, in men aged 18-39 years it is the second most common form of cancer.
What are the risk factors for testicular cancer?
Young men (about 20 to 40 years of age) are most at risk of developing testicular cancer.
Due to the higher risk of testicular cancer in men with a history of undescended testes, it is important for families to share details of medical history with boys in early adolescence so they are aware of the need to regularly check their testes.
Undescended testes (cryptorchidism)
- A condition when one or both of the testes have not descended (lowered) into the scrotum at birth but stay in the abdomen or only move part way down into the scrotum
- Found in three to five boys in every 100
- Men with a history of undescended testes have about ten times the chance of testicular cancer; the risk may be lower if surgery to fix the problem happened before one year of age. Where there has been a single undescended testis, the risk of cancer is usually only in that testis.
Thank you for choosing our group of doctors and staff for your Urology needs. In order for us to better serve you, below is a checklist of things to know and bring to your first appointment. If you do not have the paperwork filled out prior to your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes early to complete in the office. If you do not have the paperwork filled out prior to your appointment time then your appointment will be rescheduled to another date.
Urology Specialists of Ohio has been a committed part of the Springfield community for more that 10 years, and now serves Springfield, Beavercreek, London, Xenia, and Urbana striving to improve the medical community, with excellence in all areas of urology.
Our goals are to provide state of the art medical treatment for patients with genitourinary problems. We provide this in the most compassionate and cost effective way possible. We take pride in providing excellent care with attention to detail and respect in a friendly atmosphere.
Previous testicular cancer
- About 1 in 25 men who have had testicular cancer in one testis develop cancer in the other testis
Previous male infertility
- Men diagnosed with fertility problems, particularly those with a history of undescended testes, may have a greater chance of developing testicular cancer
- Pre-cancer cells (ITGCN) are sometimes found in testicular biopsies from infertile men (not all pre-cancer cells will develop into cancer)
Having a father, brother or uncle with testicular cancer is a minor risk factor
Men with Down syndrome may be at higher genetic risk of testicular cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and leukaemia.
Can I do anything to prevent testicular cancer?
As the causes of testicular cancer are largely unknown, there are no known ways to prevent it.
There is no evidence that injury or sporting strains, life-style (for example smoking or diet), or sexual activity are linked with testicular cancer. However, an injury to the groin area may sometimes prompt men to check or notice a problem with the testes that needs further investigation by a doctor.
What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?
A hard lump in either testis is the usual symptom of testicular cancer. The lump is usually painless but in about one in 10 men it is painful or tender. In a few men, constant backache, coughing or breathlessness, and enlarged or tender nipples may mean that the cancer has spread. A man with any of these symptoms should see a doctor straight away; however, there may be many other reasons for these symptoms.
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1164 E. Home Road
Springfield, Ohio 45503