What is Testicular Cancer?
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Testicular cancer is a highly treatable cancer, but early detection increases your survival rate even more. That's why it's important to be educated. Learn more about testicular cancer risk factors, symptoms and treatments.
Transcript: Overall, the incidence of cancer in the testicles is pretty rare-there are about 7,900 cases of testicular...
Overall, the incidence of cancer in the testicles is pretty rare-there are about 7,900 cases of testicular cancer diagnosed in the U.S. every year. However, it's the most COMMON cancer seen in men between 15 and 34 years old. 95% of cases begin in the germ cells, the cells that produce sperm. The most common initial symptom of testicular cancer is a painless lump in one or both testicles, although you can experience a HEAVY feeling in the scrotum, pain and discomfort, and a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum. Testicular cancer tumors fall into two groups; SEMINOMAS, which are more common in men ages 25 to 45, and NON-seminomas, which occur in men in their late teens to early 30s. Thankfully, BOTH types of tumors respond equally well to therapy. Even when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body; the survival rate is between 72 and 99 percent. But the more ADVANCED the cancer, the more DANGEROUS it is. Lance Armstrong's Stage 3 testicular cancer had spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. His chance for survival was LESS than 40 percent. Testicular cancer treatment TYPICALLY includes radiation and/or chemotherapy, and often surgery to REMOVE the testicle and possibly the abdominal lymph nodes-usually just the ones that contains the cancer. Seminomas are treated with radiation, while non-seminomas respond well to chemotherapy. The surgery and chemotherapy may have permanent effects on a man's ABILITY to reproduce. If both testicles are removed, a man will become infertile and will no longer make TESTOSTERONE. He'll need to take supplements in order to get erections and have sex. Since men are often diagnosed with testicular cancer before they've had a family, they're ENCOURAGED to consider sperm banking prior to treatment. If it is diagnosed early, the risk of dying from testicular cancer is 1 in 5,000. That's why all men need to perform self-examinations to check for abnormalities. To know more about exams, diagnosis and treatment, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-21 | Tags »
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