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Anything to do with your private parts can be embarrassing and difficult to talk about. Understanding more about what your testicles do might help you get over this.
The testicles and their surrounding structures
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Sometimes cancer cells from the testicle can spread to lymph nodes at the back of the tummy (abdomen). Lymph nodes are small and round (like a bean), and connect to each other by tiny tubes that carry fluid called lymph. We have groups of lymph nodes throughout our bodies and they’re part of the lymphatic system, which protects us from infections and diseases.
Lymph from the testicles travels along these tubes to the lymph nodes in the tummy. This is why they're a common place for the cancer cells to spread to. You’ll have a scan to check your lymph nodes.
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|If you're looking for information about testicular cancer in men of all ages please see our general testicular cancer section.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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