Men's Health Tips

Testicular Cancer – Facts and Stats

The most common type of cancer that strikes men ages 15 to 40 is testicular cancer. Keep in mind, all types of cancer can strike at any age.

Some male babies are born with it or can develop it if their testicle does not descend from the abdomen. Studies indicate that it can also peak at age 75. Other causes include genetics and ethnicity.

Caucasian men are almost twice as likely to develop it than African American. It is the most common type of cancer to begin for no known reason (e.g. no family history). However, it also has best prognosis of any cancer when detected and treated early.

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Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is rare but it is one of the most common forms of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35 years of age. Around 7,500 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in the United States of America each year and is more common in white males than those of African descent.

The incidence of testicular cancer is higher amongst men with urinary system abnormalities such as horseshoe kidneys, duplication of ureters. Men with undescended testicles (even after surgical correction) are 20 times more likely to get cancer of the testicles than the general population. and men who have had cancer in one testicle have an increased chance of developing it in the other testicle. Men with HIV disease are also at more at risk of developing testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer can be cured and success rates are very high. Early detection of the cancer in general means an improved outcome. Nearly all testicular cancers respond well to treatment. The signs of testicular cancer is a painless lump in the testicle. This is usually found by self examination.

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Testicular Self Exam

Testicular cancer most commonly affects men ages 15 to 40. Men with a family history of testicular cancer or those whose testicles did not descend from the abdomen until after the age of 6 are at higher risk of developing this disease

Those with this higher risk are encouraged by their physician or health care professional to perform a Testicular Self Exam, also known as TSE.

TSE should be a painless process unless you are experiencing pain, swelling, or tenderness in the testicles. First empty the bladder to prevent unnecessary discomfort.

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