You might have heard about testicular cancer. If not, testicular cancer is basically cancer that occurs in the testicles (testes), which are located inside the scrotum, a loose bag of skin underneath the penis. The testicles produce male sex hormones and sperm for reproduction.
Compared with other types of cancer, testicular cancer is rare. But testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35.
How does that relate to me getting a pregnancy test you ask? We explain.
Pregnancy tests detect beta human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone in the blood and the urine produced by the developing placenta. Experts say beta hCG can also signal testicular cancer.
“It turns out a fair number of testicular cancers make the same exact hormone,” said Dr. Mark Pomerantz, a genitourinary oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
So if you feel a lump or enlargement in either testicle, heaviness in your scrotum, a dull ache in the abdomen or groin, a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum, pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum, enlargement or tenderness of the breasts or back pain, take a pregnancy test and see your doctor immediately if you test positive.
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