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Do Not Confuse Testicular Cancer With An STD

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"My boyfriend has a lump on the back of his balls and I'm wondering if it could be a sexually transmitted disease or if it could be cancer. Cancer runs in his family. The lump feels hard and looks all red. What could it be?"

- Anonymous


Thank you for your question. We hope that anybody else who is experiencing similar symptoms sees this question, because the answer to it can potentially save lives. 

There are multiple things that the lump could be. That being said, you are most likely dealing with testicular cancer. This is not something that you should be asking questions about online. Your boyfriend needs to be examined by a physician right away. Seriously--go to a doctor as soon as possible. If it is too late to get a doctor's appointment today, don't wait until tomorrow. Go to a hospital if need be, but get an examination as soon as circumstances allow.

The tumor needs to be removed immediately. Even a single day can make a difference between stage 1 and stage 2 testicular cancer, or between stage 2 and stage 3 testicular cancer, etc.

With the exception of remarkably uncommon circumstances, STDs do not cause lumps in the testicles; testicular cancer does. I cannot stress the importance of getting the tumor removed as soon as possible. Testicular cancer is a young man's disease. The age group that is most affected is 18-30 year olds. It is still a serious problem for men older than 30. 

This problem will not get better or fix itself if it is ignored. Time is of the essence. If both of you can feel a tumor, that means that the cancer has already had time to develop. Telling you that a single day can make all the difference in the world is not hyperbole. It's the truth. Your boyfriend needs to deal with this immediately.

Testicular cancer is a relatively easy cancer to cure, but, in order to stop it dead in its tracks, it needs to be dealt with quickly. Testicular cancer gets more and more fatal as time goes on. It needs to be dealt with the moment a tumor can be felt. It sounds like you guys have been wondering about this for a while. Get to a hospital as soon as possible if it's too late in the day to see a doctor. I know that I already said that, but it's such an important piece of information to convey that it is worth stating again. Go tonight. The doctors there will almost certainly have him operated on tonight (and they should--as I've stated several times, this is a cancer that needs to be medically addressed as quickly as possible).

Testicular cancer can be beaten, but you cannot spend time trying to research symptoms online and hoping that you can discover some kind of miraculous, non-cancerous condition that your boyfriend may have. You guys have to deal with this as soon as you possibly can.

Best of luck to you and your boyfriend. Do not let another hour, let alone another day, go by without seeing a physician. 

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