Carolinas HealthCare System

Testicular cancer doesn’t always produce symptoms, but when it does, you may notice:

  • A lump or swelling in the testicle (usually painless)
  • Pain or discomfort in the testicle
  • A feeling of heaviness or aching in the lower abdomen or scrotum
  • A change in the way the testicle feels
  • Swelling or sudden buildup of fluid in the scrotum
  • Soreness or growth in the pectoral area(rare)

If the cancer has spread, you may experience:

  • Lower back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches (rare)

It’s important to note that these symptoms are often caused by other, less serious conditions, such as an injury, inflammation or infection. However, if you notice any of the symptoms described above, see your doctor for a prompt diagnosis. Diagnosing testicular cancer (link to diagnosis page) early offers the best chance for successful treatment.