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  • Posted By: Clown Shoes
  • July 27, 2008
  • 11:32 PM

Hi there

3-4 years ago, I noticed this small hard lump on my testicle. It wasn't exactly ON smack bang my testicle, it was sort of right at the top of my testicles, heading towards the penis. Anyway, I didn't think anything of it it and a year later or so it disappeared.

4 years on, it is not there now at all. I thought it may have been testicular cancer at the time but I didn't get any real symptoms for it at all. No swelling, no enlargement of the testicle or anything. I once recall have a small pain in my abdomen for a day or 2, but then it went away and has never returned.

However, years on I am concerned that it may still be testicular cancer.

How can a lump just go? What would it have been?

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  • Anyone have any ideas?
    Clown Shoes 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Although testicular cancer is rare, it is not at all uncommon to find a lump in your testicles. There are many conditions that can be easily confused with testicular cancer, and most of them are not anything like as serious.Tiny, smooth bumps on the scrotum and shaft of the penis are normal and are simply hair follicles or sweat glands. These tend to stick out more when the scrotum is tight, as in cold weather, and are particularly noticeable on the erect penis where they cause a disproportionate amount of unnecessary concern.Hydrocele/varicoceleA soft lump in the scrotum, especially if you can get your fingers between it and the testicle, is most likely to be a hydrocele. This is a collection of sterile fluid in the cord attached to the testicle, which is invariably harmless. Left untreated, a hydrocele can grow to a large size and cause discomfort, so they are usually best drained early. Varicoceles are similar, except they are caused by enlarged blood vessels. Both may require surgical removal in severe cases. Neither condition is dangerous except in very rare cases when they become infected or put pressure on blood vessels.Basically if you still have a fear that something is there, go have it checked out. Better safe than sorry.
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for that. The thing is, I don't know what to get checked because the lump is no longer there and has gone for the past 3 years.
    Clown Shoes 2 Replies Flag this Response
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