Most testicular cancers are found by men themselves. Also, doctors should examine the testicles during routine physical exams. Between regular checkups, if a man notices anything unusual about his testicles, he should talk with his doctor.
In Australia, around 675 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year while in the USA, between 7,500 and 8,000 diagnoses of testicular cancer are made each year. More than half of the new diagnoses are in men under the age of 35.
Over his lifetime, a man’s risk of testicular cancer is roughly 1 in 250 (four tenths of one percent, or 0.4%). Testicular cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancers: in excess of 90%; essentially 100% if it has not metastasized. Even for the relatively few cases in which malignant cancer has spread widely, chemotherapy offers a cure rate of at least 85% today. Not all lumps on the testicles are tumors, and not all tumors are malignant; there are many other conditions such as Epididymal cysts, which may be painful but are non-cancerous. All unusual lumps or pain in the testicles should be checked by a physician.
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