Yeah! Glad it turned out okay for him. I can't imagine going through something like that. Testicular cancer, though EXTREMELY treatable (95% cure rate if caught in stage 1), has the added bonus of affecting an extra-sensitive part of your body.
Actually, testicular cancer is probably the least of my worries right now. The spherical mass wasn't on my actual testicle, it was on the epididymis "above" it. Though attached to the testicle, the epididymis is considered a separate structure, and because of the nature of the testicles, it's nearly impossible to find cancer there (unless by an extra-gonadal germ cell tumor, but those can occur anywhere in your body).
After palpating the region, the doctor said as long as my testicle felt smooth, slightly oval in shape, and firm with a little give, I had nothing to worry about. He also said that whatever he felt was most likely either an extra-testicular calcification or a epididymal cyst, both of which are two of the most common masses found in the scrotum. Given the fact that only 7,920 men are expected to be diagnosed with TC in 2013, it's one of the rarer cancers a man can develop. And while I haven't had an ultrasound (my doctor said I'd probably be wasting my money, and my insurance plan is pretty basic), as long as the mass doesn't grow, change, begin to hurt, or cause swelling, I shouldn't have to worry.
Honestly my biggest source of worry right now lies in cancers like melanoma, lymphoma, and leukemia, and I think that's a pretty common shared experience around here. I have this anti-fantasy about being diagnosed with a nasty disease and tearfully proclaiming to my family and friends, "I told you I was ill!" And what's even more ridiculous is, before my testicular cancer scare in February, I never worried about this stuff. It's a pretty new experience. I just hope it calms down at some point.