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Testicular Cancer Statistics:

Between 6,000 and 8,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancers each year. Although testicular cancer accounts for 1% of all cancers in men, it is the most common form of cancer in men 15 to 40 years old. It may also occur in young boys, but only about 3% of all testicular cancer is found in this group. White American men have about five times the risk of African-American men and more than twice the risk of Asian-American men. The risk for testicular cancer has doubled among white Americans in the past 40 years but has remained the same for African-Americans.

Testicular Cancer Symptoms:

Enlargement of a testicle or a change in the way it feels
Lump or swelling in either testicle
Dull ache in the back or lower abdomen
Gynecomastia (excessive development of male breast tissue), this can also occur normally in adolescent males, in whom it is not a symptom of testicular cancer
Testicular discomfort/pain or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
Note: There may be no symptoms

Signs and available tests:

A physical examination typically reveals a firm, non-tender testicular mass that does not ";trans-illuminate"; (light from a flashlight held to the scrotum does not pass through the mass).

Other tests include:
Scrotal ultrasound is used to confirm solid mass.
Blood tests for tumor markers: alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH). Approximately 85% of non-seminomas will have elevations of either AFP or beta HCG. These tests can also be used to monitor the response to treatment.
A chest X-ray is done to look for potential metastasis (spreading of cancer) to the lungs.
An abdominal CT scan may be done to look for potential metastasis.
Tissue biopsy is usually by surgical removal of the testicle. After the testicle is removed, the tissue is examined.

Testicular Cancer Prognosis:

The survival rate for men with early stage seminoma (the least aggressive type of testicular cancer) is greater than 95%. The disease-free survival rate for Stage I non-seminomatous cancer is nearly 95%; for Stage II seminomas it is 70-90%, depending on the size of the tumor when treatment is begun; for Stage II non-seminomas it is greater than 95%; and for Stage III for both is usually about 70% curable.

This response to treatment means that testicular cancer is one of the most treatable cancers.

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