Teen ignores testicle swelling for months, before he was diagnosed with cancer

Many associate their first year of university with fun, new friends and frivolity.

But at just 18-years-old, Dean Sinclair’s freshers year was disrupted by a devastating diagnosis.

The Scottish teen noticed swelling on his testicles – and was later diagnosed with cancer.

He recalled: “I had noticed that one of my testicles felt different to the other one – it was larger and felt more solid.

“I wasn’t sure if this was normal and ended up ignoring it, all the while having a worry in the back of my head.”

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After a few months fretting about his health, Dean made the decision to seek medical advice.

He said: “A couple months passed and the worries had grown to a point where it was too much to handle.

“I went to a clinic to get it checked out, who then referred me on to get an ultrasound.”

When Dean was referred for further check-ups, he worried something serious was wrong.

And these fears were confirmed when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The games programmer said: “The fact it I was referred made me realise that there was a good chance that something was up.

“I spoke to a close friend and asked them to come with me to the appointment, during which I was told that I had Stage 1 testicular cancer.

“This was obviously a huge shock to the system, so thankfully I had a friend with me to help calm me down.

“After I got home I phoned my parents and explained to them my situation, that I was going to need to have surgery in a few week’s time.

“They were upset but very supportive.”

Weeks after his diagnosis, Dean undertook an op to remove one of his testicles – and thankfully, it was a success.

He explained: “The surgery was completed with no complications, although I was kept for one night just to ensure I was recovering well.

“The next day I left to go back home for a few weeks to recover before returning to uni.”

Following the procedure, Dean was put through chemotherapy to ensure that cancer hadn’t spread.

He said: “After the recovery I was brought in for a single treatment of chemotherapy to ensure that if any had spread, that it would be caught, which I attended with my dad.

“I was lucky not to have any real side effects from the treatment.

“From there onwards I attended regular check-ups every 6 months and then every year.

“It’s now been over 5 years since my surgery, and my check-ups have been without issue, and should soon have the all-clear!”

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Dean, now 24, has shared his story during Movember – a charity event that aims to raise awareness for men’s illnesses.

He hopes that speaking candidly about his health will encourage others to do the same.

The charity spokesperson also urges men to look out for the signs of testicular cancer.

If you do notice any symptoms – which include intimate swelling or lumps on their testicles – don’t delay in contacting your GP for a check-up.

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