Testicular Cancer Specialist

Bluewater Urology Associates

Urologists located in Orange Park, FL

Testicular cancer is rare, but it’s the most common cancer in men between 15-35 years of age in the United States. As one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida, Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, is proud to offer the most advanced and minimally invasive procedures available. Call Bluewater Urology Associates today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about testicular cancer diagnosis and treatments.

Testicular Cancer Q & A

Bluewater Urology Associates

What is testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer originates in the testicles, the male organs located in the scrotum. Because there are several types of cells in the testicles, a variety of testicular cancers can develop, but the most common are germ cell tumors.

Over 90% of testicular cancers are germ cell tumors (GCTs). Germ cells are responsible for making sperm. Even if it’s spread beyond the testicle, testicular cancer is a very treatable condition.

What causes testicular cancer?

The exact cause of testicular cancer isn’t known, but almost all types of this cancer originate in the germ cells. Your risk of developing testicular cancer increases due to:

  • Being 15-35 years of age
  • Having an undescended testicle
  • Abnormal testicular development

Testicular cancer is more prevalent if you have a family history of the disease and if you're Caucasian.

What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer typically affects one testicle, not both. Common symptoms or indications that testicular cancer might be present include:

  • Back pain
  • Fluid in the scrotum
  • Tender or enlarged breasts
  • A heavy sensation in the scrotum
  • Swelling, lumps, or bulges in the testicle
  • Discomfort, aches, or pain in the scrotum or testicle

Many men detect testicular cancer on their own, but your doctor might also identify a lump during a regular physical examination.

How is testicular cancer treated?

As one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida, Dr. Kenneson offers the most advanced and least invasive testicular treatment options available. Your treatments depend on your diagnosis, overall health, and your personal preferences, and might include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.

Surgical procedures for testicular cancer often include radical inguinal orchiectomy — the removal of your testicle — or the removal of the nearby lymph nodes. If surgery is part of your testicular treatment plan, Dr. Kenneson is the only urologist in the area performing robotic-assisted laparoscopic urologic procedures.

Robotic-assisted surgeries utilize the world’s most advanced surgical robot, da Vinci® Surgery, so Dr. Kenneson can perform the most complex tumor removal procedures with the most nerve-sparing techniques to maintain your quality of life.

To learn more about testicular cancer and treatments available through Bluewater Urology Associates, call or schedule an appointment online.