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Comprehensive Cancer Centers shared 20 things people might not know about testicular cancer to get them informed, while increasing early diagnosis and treatment.

A cancer that Comprehensive Cancer Centers sees for men, that is rare but still occurs and is often found late, is testicular cancer. Emphasis periods, such as Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, are very helpful in ensuring early diagnosis while getting more men aware of the disease.

Despite its lower risks and ease in self-diagnosis, NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program estimates that in 2020, nearly 500 men still died of the disease during that year. This, from a disease with a success rate of more than 95 percent of those diagnosed surviving five years after initial diagnosis. That underscores the importance of getting people more informed. The following can get you started on the path to being informed:

Twenty Things People May Not Know About Testicular Cancer

  1. It is relatively rare compared to other types of cancer, but it is the most common cancer in males aged 15-35.
  2. The exact cause of this cancer is unknown.
  3. A family history of  increases a man’s risk of developing the disease.
  4. Men who have had an undescended testicle (cryptorchidism) are at higher risk.
  5. White men are more likely to develop this cancer, compared to men of other racial or ethnic backgrounds.
  6. There is evidence to suggest that risk is higher in men with certain congenital abnormalities, such as Klinefelter syndrome.
  7. Injury to the testicles does not increase the risk of developing cancer.
  8. There is no evidence to suggest that vasectomy increases the risk of cancer.
  9. It is highly treatable, especially when detected early.
  10. The most common symptom of is a painless lump or swelling in the testicle.
  11. Symptoms may include a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, pain or discomfort in the testicle or scrotum, and enlargement or tenderness of the breasts.
  12. It can spread to other parts of the body, most commonly to the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, and bones.
  13. Regular self-examinations can help detect all cancers early, when most treatable.
  14. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, depending on the stage and type of cancer.
  15. Survivors may experience long-term side effects from treatment, such as infertility and an increased risk of secondary cancers.
  16. It does not usually affect sexual function or fertility unless both testicles are removed.
  17. Men with testicular cancer may be at increased risk of developing other types of cancer later in life.
  18. It has a high survival rate, with more than 95% of men surviving at least five years after diagnosis.
  19. Regular check-ups and follow-up care are important for cancer survivors to monitor for recurrence and manage any long-term effects of treatment.
  20. There are support groups and resources available for men and their families to provide information, support, and guidance throughout the treatment and recovery process.

What Can Men Do to Take Testicular Cancer More Seriously?

Not all men with these risk factors will develop the disease, and some men who develop testicular cancer may have no known risk factors. Regular self-examinations and routine medical check-ups can help with early detection and treatment if testicular cancer does occur. Should a diagnosis occur that requires validation or a treatment plan, be sure to get your doctor to refer you to the oncologists at Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients with testicular cancer.  To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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