Hi, I am worried about my boyfriend and wandering if anyone can help?
He is 23, both his Dad and Grandad developed Prostate Cancer (I'm not sure to what degree, neither have died from it) he found a lump in his left testicle a few years ago.
I'm aware lumps are common etc but when he got it checked they said keep an eye on it.
Nothing had changed so I presumed it was nothing to worry about.
Yesterday he started getting pain in his testicle and even worse today, every time he moves his leg or sits down etc...
He also suffers from really bad back pain which I gathered was from work (he's a carpenter) but after reading diagnoses this seems to be a main point.
He gets pain in his lower back - right at the bottom.
I'm worried, as I didn't realise how common Prostate Cancer/ Problems were. And that it runs in his family the risk is higher.
To rule out prostate cancer the best you do is to take your boyfriend for a PSA test. This is a easy test done on blood sample. However, prostate cancer in testicles would be possible only if there were metastasis. I think that he is confronting a different issue, in both; testicle lump and back pain. The doctor will confirm the problem.
You are sensitive to his family medical history on PC. That being the case I would recommend you to be vigilant on any rise of his PSA having it tested every 4/5 years. Usually PC becomes a matter of concern when we get into the forties.
Most likely just a varicocele - they almost always occur in the left testicle and usually in men his age. A varicocele is similar to a varicose vein in the testicle and can be treated the same way if it gets to be painful, and to avoid possible infertility.
The doctor will most likely diagnose it with doppler ultrasound. Usually they just remove the varicocele surgically in the doctor's office. It is a minor painless procedure that fixes it right up, with low risk of complications or recurrence.
By the way... Tell your boyfriend to ALWAYS bend from the knees and keep his back straight whenever he picks up something or works low to the ground. Bending from the waist with a hunched over back is a recipe for disaster.
Also, remind him to mind his posture. Tall guys (like me) are especially prone to hunching our shoulders over when we talk to shorter people.