Testicular cancer occurs when the cells in one or both of testicles become abnormal. When the cells in any part of the body mutate, does not die and spreads to the rest of the body, it has become cancer cells. There is no exact cause of testicular cancer but there are factors that can heightened the risk of an individual in developing one.
- Undescended testicles
- Congenital abnormalities
- Family history of testicular cancer
- 20-35 year old men are at high risk in developing testicular cancer.
The first sign that an individual will know they might have testicular cancer is a lump felt in the testicle. Other symptoms may include:
- Testicular pain causing discomfort
- Enlargement of the testicles
- Abdominal pain, back or groin
- Fluid buildup in the scrotum
The main treatment for testicular cancer is surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. The side effects of these treatments include infertility and sexual function.
There are two types of testicular cancer: nonseminomas and seminomas.
- Nonseminomas are a form of testicular cancer that spreads and grows more quickly
- Seminomas are more sensitive to radiation.
Both categories grow and develop differently and have different treatment procedure. If a testicular tumor contains both seminoma and nonseminoma cell, it is considered as a nonseminoma.
The testicles are a male sex gland and produce testosterone and sperm. They are 2 egg-shaped glands located inside the scrotum. They are held by the spermatic cord within the scrotum which also contains the vas deference, vessels, and nerves of the testicles.
If you think you are suffering from Testicular Cancer you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Testicular Cancer as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).