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Testicular Self-Exam | Detecting Testicular Cancer | Performing the Exam

Testicular Self-examination

Image of a stethascope.Testicular cancer is most common among males between the ages of 15 and 35. That means you could be at risk. Itís a type of cancer that develops in the testicles, a part of the male reproductive system.

In the United States about 8,000 to 9,000 diagnoses of testicular cancer are made each year. Over your lifetime your chance of getting testicular cancer is roughly 1 in 250. Image showing a vial of medicine.

Fortunately, testicular cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancers. More than 90 percent of the cases result in a clean bill of health, and that number rises to virtually 100 percent if the cancer hasnít spread elsewhere in the body. Even for the relatively few cases in which the cancer spreads widely, chemotherapy offers a cure rate of at least 50 percent.

More than 8 million Americans living today have had some type of cancer! The outlook for men with testicular cancer is excellent. Because researchers have found better ways to diagnose and treat this disease, the chance of recovering completely has improved dramatically. Today, a large majority of testicular cancer patients are cured by their initial treatment, while most of those who have a recurrence can be cured too.


 


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