If you have noticed a hard, painless mass on one of your testicles, you're likely wondering what this could be. Many men panic when they find a lump as they immediately think it is cancer. However, there are several possible causes for lumps on the testicles. Read on to discover some other possible causes.
One of the most common causes of painless lumps on the testicle is a simple type of cyst called a hydatid cyst. These are also known as epidydimal or testicular cysts. These are fluid-filled sacs that form on either one or both testicles. They are more commonly seen in younger men but can occur at any age.
The majority of these are easily treatable with minor surgery to remove them. Still, some larger ones may require more substantial treatment methods such as ultrasound ablation or surgical excision if they're causing pain or discomfort due to their size.
Another common type of lump on the testicle that men might experience is one that's caused by calcifications. These are small patches of calcium found on the outer surface of your testicles, and they may be accompanied by changes in the texture or appearance of the skin. Although these don't usually cause any symptoms other than a soft bulge or itchiness, you should still see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis to rule out more serious conditions like cancer.
A third possible cause of lumps on your testicles could actually be something as harmless as varicoceles. These are enlargements of veins within the scrotum that form due to faulty valves within them. Although this isn't harmful (unless other symptoms accompany it), they can make your testicles appear lumpy in appearance.
One last cause of lumps on the testicle is a hernia, which occurs when an organ or tissue moves through its normal location to another part of the body. This could push against or stretch the skin near the groin region, causing painless lumps that feel like small balls under the skin. Although these aren't usually dangerous (unless one becomes strangulated), you should get them checked out by your doctor to rule out conditions such as cancer. However, if you have a hernia, you may require surgery to fix it to avoid causing pain and discomfort.
If you're looking for more information on the causes of lumps on the testicles, contact a men's health clinic today.
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