Medical Q&As

Scrotal swelling - cancerous?

I have found a swelling in my scrotum. It does not appear to involve the testicle but it appears to be in the cord. I am 41 years old. Could this be cancerous?

It is most unlikely that the swelling is cancerous. There are a number of possible causes for this swelling. It could be an inguinal hernia because such swellings can extend down the inguinal canal into the scrotal sac. An epididymal cyst is another possibility. It might be a swelling in the vein draining blood from the testicle. Another possibility is that it might be a swelling or cyst in the vas deferens, which is the tube that conveys sperm from the testicle to the penis. I would suggest that you visit your GP to have this swelling assessed. Depending on the diagnosis your GP can then advise you of what action needs to be taken.