A testicle lump is swelling or a growth (mass) in one or both testicles.
Lump in the testicle
A testicle lump that does not hurt may be a sign of cancer. Most cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 15 – 40, although it can also occur at older or younger ages.
Possible causes of a painful testicle include:
A cyst-like lump in the scrotum that contains fluid and dead sperm cells (spermatocele)
- Infection of the scrotal sac
- Injury or trauma
Mumps Orchitis(testicular infection) Testicular torsion
- Testicular cancer
Possible causes if the testicle is not painful:
- Loop of bowel from a
- Testicular cancer
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider right away if you notice any unexplained lumps or any other changes in your testicles.
What to expect at your health care provider’s office
Your health care provider will examine you. This may include looking at and feeling (
- When did you notice the lump?
- Have you had any previous lumps?
- Do you have any pain?
- Does the lump change in size?
- Is only one testicle involved?
- Exactly where on the testicle is the lump?
- Have you had any recent injuries or infections?
- What other symptoms do you have?
- Is there
- Do you have
- Do you have any lumps or swelling anywhere else?
- Have you ever had surgery on your testicles or in the area?
- Were you born with both testicles in the scrotum?
Tests and treatments depend on the results of the physical exam.
Starting in puberty, men at risk for testicular cancer may be taught to examine their testicles on a regular basis. This includes men with:
A family history of testicular cancer
A past tumor of the testicle
An undescended testicle, even if the testicle on the other side has descended
If you have a lump in your testicle, tell your health care provider immediately. A lump on the testicle may be the first sign of testicular cancer. Many men with testicular cancer have been mistakenly given another diagnosis, so return to your health care provider if you have a persistent testicular lump.