Visiting your doctor
You should see your doctor if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or if you have any of the possible signs and symptoms of cancer.
Even if you're worried about what the symptom might be, don't delay seeing them. Your worry is unlikely to go away if you don't make an appointment. The symptom might not be due to cancer. But if it is, the earlier it's picked up the higher the chance of successful treatment. You won't be wasting your doctor's time.
Try not to be embarrassed. What you tell your GP is confidential. Doctors are used to discussing intimate problems and will try to put you at ease.
Getting the most out of your GP appointment
When you see the doctor, it can be difficult to remember everything you want to say. These tips will help you get the most out of your appointment.
Write down your symptoms including when they started, when they happen and how often you have them.
Write down anything that makes them worse or better.
Tell your GP if you are worried about cancer.
Tell them if you have any family history of cancer.
Take a friend or relative along for support - they could also ask questions and take notes to help you remember what the GP says.
Ask the GP to explain anything you don’t understand.
Ask the GP to write things down for you if you think it might help.
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Know what to expect
Your GP will examine you and may arrange for you to have the following:
An ultrasound scan of the scrotum and testicles – this scan uses sound waves to produce a picture of inside your testicles. It can tell your doctor if the lump is a harmless cyst (fluid-filled lump) or if it is likely to be cancer. It is a painless test and only takes a few minutes.
Blood tests – you may also have blood tests to check for levels of certain chemicals in your blood, called tumour markers. These can help to diagnose some testicular cancers. You will also have other blood tests to check your general health.
Or they may refer you directly to see a specialist doctor called a urologist.
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