Do testicular lumps mean cancer?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 25, 2012
A fellow caregiver asked...

My boyfriend has a testicular lump, he has a lot of stress and high blood pressure. He is 47 and has no problem performing sexually. Do testicular lumps mean cancer?

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Lumps are not always cancer, but this is a concerning finding.  Many times, testicular lumps are found by a partner, so it is good that you noticed it.  I would ask your boyfriend if he has ever noticed this lump before, or if he ever had it checked by someone.    If he has not, I would encourage him to see a health professional to get it checked as soon as possible.