2. “Do I Have Testicular Cancer?” WebMD, WebMD, -testicular-cancer#1.
(1). That being said, the presence of any these symptoms or signs does not automatically indicate that a man has testicular cancer. A series of tests are performed on the individual before a diagnosis is made. The type of tests performed depend on what cancer is suspected, the individual’s specific signs and symptoms, the individual’s age, and the individual’s current medical condition (2). A physical examination and an ultrasound are among the first tests that are usually performed. A physical examination entails the doctor examining the testicles for “signs of swelling and hardening” and also “the abdomen, neck, upper chest, armpits and groin for evidence of enlarged lymph nodes, which may indicate that a cancer has spread” (2). On rare occasions, a doctor may also examine the breasts, nipples and legs of the individual; breast and nipples to look for growth, and legs to look for swelling. An ultrasound “uses sound waves waves to create a picture of the internal organs” (2). In this case, the sound waves “bounce off the tissue in the scrotum,” which creates echoes, which then create a sonogram; images of the testicles. This ultrasound will allow the doctor locate and assess the size and solidness of any tumors or abnormalities. If some tumors
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