Testicular cancer, also known as cancer of the testicles, is relatively uncommon, affecting around 2,300 men in the UK each year. Testicular cancer usually affects men aged between 15 and 44 and there are some factors which can increase your risk, including family history of the disease and being born with undescended testicles.
The most common type of testicular cancer is germ cell testicular cancer and two sub-types exist: seminomas and non-seminomas. Less common types include lymphoma and Leydig cell tumours. The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump or swelling in one of the testicles. Less than 4% of all lumps are cancerous, but it is important not to ignore it and see your GP as soon as possible. Other symptoms can include feeling generally unwell, fatigue, a heavy feeling in your scrotum and a sharp pain or dull ache in your scrotum or testicles.
The good news is that this type of cancer is one of the most treatable. Caught early, over 96% of men can be completely cured. Failure to diagnose testicular cancer could lead to it spreading, although if it spreads to nearby tissue, there is still an 80% chance of a complete cure. Treatment for testicular cancer can include chemotherapy or surgical removal of the affected testicle.
Has your GP failed to diagnose your cancer?
Your GP’s failure to diagnose testicular cancer could have a serious impact on your well-being. If your cancer is not diagnosed during the early stages, your options for treatment are more limited and the outlook is not so good. To have the best chances of making a full recovery, testicular cancer must be caught early. Failing to diagnose cancer of any kind could be classed as medical negligence, so if this has happened to you, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer to explore your options.
Should you claim compensation for medical negligence?
Many people fear claiming compensation for medical negligence reflects badly on them or will cause problems. This type of claim is more common than you might think, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, we will support you through every step of the claims process. If your life has been affected by medical negligence, we believe you should be compensated for your pain and suffering, as well as any loss of earnings. Take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much you could save, or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to a member of the team. We offer advice in confidence, with no obligation to proceed, and we’re open 24/7.