Testicular cancer symptoms

The main symptom is a lump or swelling in the testicle. Some people also have other symptoms.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump in a testicle. There may also be other symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • a swelling or a lump in a testicle, which is usually painless, but may suddenly get bigger and become painful
  • a dull ache or pain, or feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.

If the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body it may cause:

  • pain in the back or lower abdomen
  • weight loss
  • a cough
  • breathlessness
  • feeling unwell
  • a lump in the neck.

Rarely, hormones that the cancer makes can cause nipple or breast tenderness or breast swelling (called gynaecomastia).

Conditions other than testicular cancer can cause these symptoms. But it is always important to get your symptoms checked by your doctor.

We have information about how to check for testicular cancer.

We understand that showing any symptoms of what could be cancer is worrying. The most important thing is to speak to your GP as soon as possible. We're also here if you need someone to talk to. You can: