How common is testicular cancer?
The 2013 estimates for testicular cancer are 7,920 new cases diagnosed, with men having a 1 in 270 lifetime chance of getting testicular cancer. The estimates for death from testicular cancer are 370 patients. Because the treatment is so successful, the chance of dying is only about 1 in 5000.
What are the risk factors for testicular cancer?
The risk factors for testicular cancer include
- History of undescended testicle
- Family history
- Age, with the majority occurring between ages 20-34
- White race
What are the symptoms of testicular cancer
Symptoms of the disease include
- Painless mass or swelling of the testicle
- If advanced disease, may present with back pain, abdominal mass, or lymph node swelling
- If spread to the lung, may have cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, or coughing up blood
- Breast swelling
How do you diagnose testicular cancer?
Diagnosis is done through:
- Physical exam, checking for swelling or masses in the testicle
- Imaging studies, such as ultrasound, or other imaging.
- Tumor markers
How do you manage testicular cancer?
Management of testicular cancer is decided on after discussion with a urologist. It has one of the best cure rates, and is very successful. Treatment options include active surveillance, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
- American Cancer Society
- American Urological Association Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-800-828-7866
- National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER); TYY: 1-800-332-8615
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
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