Testicular Cancer - Top 10 facts

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Facts on Testicular Cancer

  • • A man’s lifetime risk of developing testicular cancer is approximately 1 in 250

  • • It accounts for 1% of all the cancers in men

  • • It usually affects young men (age -20-39) in their prime of youth

  • • Testicular cancer has the highest cure rates among all cancers (>90%)

  • • But, like all cancers, it can recur

  • • Testicular cancer is most common in Caucasians and rare in men of African or Asian descent

  • • Most commonly there are two types of testicular cancers--seminomas, or slow growing cancer and non-seminomas, or fast growing cancer

  • • Prominent symptoms include pain/swelling/lumps in testicles/groin areas

  • • Prominent risk factors include undescended testis (cryptorchidism), family history, mumps and inguinal hernia

  • • Surgical removal of a testicle will not affect fertility. Chemotherapy, on the other hand, can harm sperm count/quality. Sperm banking may then be considered.


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