If youíve recently been diagnosed, or are worried you might have it, you
might be asking yourself what is
cancer? As you may have guessed by the name of the
cancer is a form of
cancer that is found in menís testicles. Over the course
of a manís lifetime, the odds of him getting testicular cancer are roughly
1 in 250. Surprisingly enough, the age group most affected by it is
relatively young. It is most commonly found in males aged 15 to 40, and
men are most frequently diagnosed in their mid twenties. Fortunately, the
survival rate for those who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer is
extremely high, approximately 90 percent. In fact, stage 1 testicular
cancer has a survival rate of up to 95 percent.
Now that the question of íwhat is testicular cancerí has been answered, letís talk about the symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are blood in the semen, loss of sexual appetite, tenderness or pain in the testicles, a lump or hardening in one of the testicles or an increase (or drastic decrease) in size of one of the testes. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you see your doctor as soon as possible. While testicular cancer is rare in African American males, the incidence of it has doubled in that particular demographic from 1988 to 2001. It is also possible for infants to get testicular cancer, and incidence actually peaks in that age group as well as in men age 60 plus.
Between 7,000 to 8,000 men are diagnosed in the United States each year, and if youíve overcome testicular cancer in the past it can come back. Recently, testicular cancer has been in the media quite a bit. Former Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong was diagnosed and almost died of testicular cancer, as did Tom Green and Richard Belzer. So what is testicular cancer? It turns out, itís something that no man is immune from.