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Symptoms Of Testicular Cancer That Should Not Be Ignored

One of the structures that make up the male reproductive system is the testicles, which are two walnut-shaped glands located inside the scrotum. The testicles are responsible for producing sperm and the hormone testosterone. However, while the testicles may be affected by many things, one of such things is known as testicular cancer, a disease that occurs when cancerous cells develop in the tissues of a testicle or both testicles.

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While the development of cancerous cells in both testicles is very rare, it does happen in some cases, and according to scientific research, testicular cancer is one of the most common cancer types, especially in men aged 20 to 40 years. The majority of testicular cancer often starts in the sperm cells found in the testicles, and when they develop, they often leave certain signs or symptoms, which are best not ignored as early detection is important in treating any cancerous growths in the body.

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Some of the common symptoms of testicular cancer include the following:

1. A painless lump in the testicle

2. Pain in the testicle.

3. Feeling of a dull dragging sensation in the scrotum.

4. A dull ache in the lower abdomen.

5. Back pain.

6. Swellings in the lower leg.

7. Pains in the bones.

8. Swollen breast.

Some of the known risk factors that may increase the risk of a male person developing testicular cancer include:

1. Age - it occurs mostly when men are between the ages of 15 and 55 years, but is the most common type of cancer in men between the ages of 20 and 40.

2. Having a family history of testicular cancer.

3. Cryptorchidism is a condition that occurs when a male has an undescended testicle.

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It must be noted that testicular cancer is treatable and some of its treatment often revolve around surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. However, just as early detection and treatment are crucial to the success of any cancer treatment, the same applies to testicular cancer. This would require taking note of the symptoms associated with the disease as stated above and regular testicular self-examination.

Diet also plays a role in the development of testicular cancer, and according to scientific research, certain foods are capable of increasing a person's risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity, which are associated with certain types of cancer. Some other foods are known to contain carcinogens, which are harmful substances that can cause cancer. It may be good to consume such foods in moderation. Such foods are highlighted below:

1. Processed meat (hot dog, sausage, corned beef, etc)

2. Fried foods (french fries, potato chips, etc)

3. Sugar-sweetened beverages

4. White bread

5. Sugary cereals

6. Alcohol

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