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Question: Does a testicular lump always mean cancer is present? What are other possible causes for the lump? It is pea sized and causes no pain.

Answer: Masses in the scrotum (the sac containing the testilcles) are common but true testicular nodules are uncommon.

If the nodule truly appears to be arising from the testicle itself, this could be confirmed by seeing your physician for an examination and possible ultrasound test (a painless test that uses sound waves to give a picture of the testicle and any associated masses).

If a suspicious mass is found, you will likely be sent to a Urology Specialist for possible surgical exploration and biopsy of the mass.

If the nodule is outside of the testicle and not attched to it, then it is more likely to be a benign (non-cancer) mass, such as a granuloma.

It is important that the mass be examined by a physician, especially if the person is relatively young since The risk of getting testicular cancer is highest between the ages of 15 and 35.

Click here for more information about testicular cancer

by Dr. Mohammed N. Mona, M.D.

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