There are multiple types of mesothelioma. One of the rarest is testicular mesothelioma. Just like the lung condition, this cancer may form as a result of exposure to asbestos. The cancer affects the tunica vaginalis, which lines the testicles.
This form of mesothelioma is extremely rare, making up only around 5% of all cases. It presents as small tumors that begin covering the layer of the testicles.
The good news is that catching this form of mesothelioma early could allow for it to be surgically removed or treated. This kind of mesothelioma is extremely rare, though, so early diagnoses may not be as common as with other forms. There are only around 100 cases that have ever been reported.
Those who develop the condition are most likely to be over the age of 45, though there have been cases as young as 20. Around 50% of the cases have been linked to asbestos exposure, but others may have different causes.
The symptoms of testicular mesothelioma include lumps and a buildup of fluid. Hydroceles may also be present. The first obvious symptom is normally an inguinal hernia. This happens when the abdominal wall weakens and the intestines come outward, potentially protruding into the testicle(s).
It is believed that if asbestos is ingested or inhaled, then it could move into the testes and cause damage, but this isn’t known for sure.
If you are diagnosed with this kind of cancer, it is important to look at past asbestos exposures that you know of. You may have a case against a past employer or other parties who exposed you to asbestos that led to this condition.