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14 years old, worried about having testicular cancer.

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  • 14 years old, worried about having testicular cancer.

    Hello everyone. I am 14 years old. I have recently been feeling slight right groin aches once every few hours. It doesn't hurt, but it bothers me enough to worry me. So I performed a testicle exam and I was feeling around. My testicles feel very hard. I pressed very hard, and they just didn't change in size or anything and they didn't feel soft, and a few seconds later I get pain (of course because I was pressing them hard). I remember them not being so hard. I also masturbate once every day so I don't know if this is the cause. Also during my exam I was feeling around and there feels like something at the top and bottom of my testicle almost like a cord. Can any of you help please, I'm very worried and I have not yet told a doctor or my parents. Are these signs of TC?

  • #2
    They should feel like an unpeeled hard boiled egg... not hard like the shell, but not too squishy either. You probably felt the vas defrens and cord which are behind your testicle, which is normal. Masturbating every day should have any impact either.

    If you continue to have the ache, don't be shy in going to see your doctor. There are number of things that cause aches that aren't related to TC. You know your body better than anyone, so don't be embarrassed in asking for help... that's what the docs are there for (if you see a male doctor, remember they have the same equipment and will certainly understand your concern).
    12/14 - Dull ache - ultrasound, no findings, no elevation in cancer markers
    8/11/15 - Right testicle enlarged - ultrasound shows mass, no elevation in cancer markers
    8/13/15 - Rght radical inguinal orchiectomy
    8/18/15 - 100% classical seminoma - Stage 1A; tumor size 6+ cm
    9/9/15 - Consulting with oncologist
    9/11/15 - Round of Carboplatin
    12/15/15 - CT scans clear now on surveillance


    • #3
      Hi there,

      No, nothing you've mentioned really sounds like TC. If both testicles feel the same, then the huge likelihood is that they're both normal. The tubes you can feel are normal (they're how the testicles connect up and work!). Slight changes in testicle firmness are normal, especially at your age as sperm production ramps up. If one testicle, or, more likely, a small part of one, were to become really firm compared with the other, then that's a concern, but it doesn't sound like that's happened (and it'd be very rare at your age). Masturbation is not a factor and doesn't cause or relate to TC (though it might relate to your slight groin ache, I guess).

      If you've been pressing your testicles quite hard, then I'd not be surprised if you had further groin pains for the next few days - I'd suggest leaving them alone for a few days and seeing how things go. If you notice any asymmetric changes to your testicles after that, then do go see your doctor; otherwise just start up a routine of checking yourself once a month.

      - T
      30 Jul 14: Discovered lump
      31 Jul 14: GP referral to specialist
      4 Aug 14: Clinical diagnosis of tumour, blood samples taken, CT scans, USS (confirming ~2cm tumour)
      8 Aug 14: Left radical orchidectomy (plus test results back: CT normal, no mets; blood markers slightly elevated: AFP 14.16, HCG 4.9, LDH 149)
      29 Aug 14: Pathology results: Stage 1A Mixed Non-Seminomatous Germ Cell Tumour (composition: Yolk-sac Tumour and Mature Teratoma)

      24 Sep 14: Started precautionary adjuvant 1xBEP
      23 Oct 14: All clear; on surveillance


      • #4
        Kind of sound normal but check out the self check info and vid here and lumps or bumps let us know.
        TC1: May 2001 / Right orchiectomy / seminoma stage 1 / Radiation
        TC2: July 2008 / Left orchiectomy / seminoma stage 1 / X2 Prostheses / Reandron (long term Testosterone injections)


        • #5
          Yes, sounds pretty normal, try not to press too hard on the testicles as that is generally not good for them and can cause you pain. A general exam does not require allot of pressure, just feel them gently with your index and thumb and feel for any abnormalities, you really want to look for hard bumps and any general changes in size and shape.
          07/14 : Sonogram found 3 masses on right testicle measuring 2.3x1.8x1.9cm, 1.3x0.7x0.7cm, and 0.6x0.6x0.8cm. Blood markers all fine
          07/20: Right Inguinal Orchiectomy
          07/29 : Pathology report : 4 100% Seminoma tumors, no evidence of Spermatic Cord or Lymphatic Invasion.
          08/11/2015: CT scans all clear, surveillance