When Daniel Simpson, now 35, was 17, he went to the doctor after a year with back pain, but his testicular cancer was misdiagnosed as kidney problems because he was too shy to speak up
A man embarrassed by a huge swelling on one of his testicles had his cancer misdiagnosed as a kidney problem.
When Daniel Simpson went to the doctor about a year of severe back pain, he was too shy and only “16 or 17” at the time to mention the “huge swelling” on his testicles.
This meant that, without any information, the doctor thought the pain was due to something else. He was wrongly diagnosed with a kidney infection, Hull Live reports.
Also, being too shy to mention the swelling, the cancer went untreated and began to spread throughout his body while remaining silent.
It spread to his lungs, kidneys, stomach, and lymph nodes, but incredibly, he would recover.
Mr Simpson, now 35, from Comber, Co Down, has spoken out about his experience, hoping no other young man is too embarrassed to speak out like he has.
He said: “When I was 16 or 17 I had severe back pain, these symptoms lasted for over a year before I consulted my GP who initially thought it was a kidney infection because I was too young and shy to get one mention huge swelling on one of my testicles.
“I was immediately taken to Ulster Hospital and because I had ignored the symptoms for so long the cancer had spread to my lungs, kidneys, stomach and lymph nodes.
“Following chemotherapy and major surgery that took most of the following year, I received an incredible all-clear.
“My advice to young men is to get checked for anything you think isn’t normal.
“If you have any symptoms see your GP as soon as possible, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It could save your life.”
Mr Simpson is speaking out as part of Men’s Health Week and the charity Cancer Focus Northern Ireland to urge local men to be body conscious in order to catch cancer earlier.
Anthony Stuart, Community Wellbeing Manager at Cancer Focus NI, said: “Our message is positive: Over the past 10 years, cancer survival rates in men have increased by 16.7 percent.
“By paying attention to the body and detecting cancer at an earlier stage, there are so many more treatment options that lead to better outcomes.
“Besides body awareness, it is important to take steps to reduce the risk of cancer.
“Up to 40% of all cancers can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle and finding the right support.
“There are some simple guidelines anyone can follow – maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet, be active, tread carefully in the sun, limit alcohol consumption, don’t smoke, get cancer screening if You are authorized to do so and have your doctor check out any unexplained changes in your body.
“It is our mission to encourage men to take action and improve their health, and today men seem to be more aware of preventable health issues and the importance of early medical advice and treatment, which is great news.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teenagers-swollen-testicle-misdiagnosed-kidney-27221599 A teenager's swollen testicle was misdiagnosed as a kidney problem when it was actually cancer