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- Apr 26, 2004
Thanks for the response Bin. If it's swollen, OK, maybe that's a sign. Hard, I'm not sure. Admittedly, I'm way to sceptical on overdiagnosis of any illness in a person especially when it's always labelled a 'cancer'. With other health problems I've had in the past, I can't trust anyone anymore. Two aunties living overseas have copped this rubbish by being told they have breast cancer only to find out later it wasn't....Ian4 said:Its actually quite easy to diagnose if you know what you're looking for. But the reality is that people don't know what to look for. The main symptom is hardness of the testis. testicles are very soft, so if they feel hard or swollen that's when you need to get checked out. an ultrasound is enough to diagnose it and CT scan to confirm it.
I didn't notice any hardness coz I didn't think to check. I just woke up in the middle of the night with some discomfort, then realised there was some swelling. In hindsight, I was tired a lot in the previous months leading up to it and not quite feeling myself.
its a young man's disease with most people being diagnosed between the ages of 18-40. The main cause (the vast majority) is when people's balls drop late (AKA hit puberty later than the average boy). I was diagnosed 2 months before my 39th birthday, which is very late. my "balls dropping late" was not a cause for me. While I can't prove it, I suspect the cause was my mobile phone. I always place my mobile phone in my front right pocket. and it was my right testicle. I asked my oncologist and he couldn't rule it in or out.
The surgery itself was OK. I took 6 weeks off work, but I was right to go after a month (doctor was being extra cautious). But losing an aggot does play on your ego, I can't deny that. the whole emasculation thing does have a psychological effect on you. But it does wear off when you become sexually active again and you have practical proof that you still work down there.
there were also suspicions that the cancer had spread because one of the lymph nodes near my kidney had enlarged. But the PET Scan proved there was no hot spot in that area. and over the course of the next few months, the lymph node shrank. Turns out the cancer had caused inflammation in the lymph node. Big relief I'll tell ya.
I'll tell you one thing that is true though... dogs can detect it. I was sleeping at my partners place the night I woke up with the discomfort. she was dog sitting a friend's dog. and when I arrived she jumped straight into my crotch. I pushed her away a few times but she kept coming back. she knew.
Lymph nodes could be anything too. At 50 years of age, I'm OK genetically, and I might just go for the cold turkey and die when I have to without any of these bullsh!t tests.