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Testicular Cancer

What is Testicular Cancer?

Testicular cancer is a form of cancer found predominantly in young men. Its uncommon and highly curable.

How Common is Testicular Cancer?

In the UK there are about 6 cases for every 100,000 of the population per year. This represents only 1-2% of cancers in men. The number of cases varies around the world, the highest rate being found in Denmark and the lowest rates in African countries. It is four times more common in white men than black and despite its overall rarity it is the commonest cancer of men between the ages of 15 and 35. Although testicular cancer can occur at any age it becomes much more rare outside the 15-35 year age group, i.e. it is one cancer that becomes less common the older you get.

What Causes Testicular Cancer?

Although the exact causes are not known there are a number of other conditions that make testicular cancer more common. Men who have a testicle that needed to be brought down into the scrotum by surgery have a higher chance of developing testicular cancer. In addition testicular cancer is slightly more common in men with abnormal sperm counts and some forms of infertility. However, even in these groups it is still a rare disease.

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Contents of this section

Page 2 - How do you know if you have testicular cancer?

Page 3 - What other swellings occur in the testes?

Page 4 - What to do if you have a lump

Page 5 - What are the tests used if cancer is a possibility?

Page 6 - Treatment of testicular cancer


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