TESTICULAR CANCER FACTS

Survival facts

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  • Over 96% of men with testicular cancer in the UK are cured.
  • Survival rates for testicular cancer have risen every year since the 70s.

Age facts

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  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer of men aged 15-49 in the UK.
  • Rates of testicular cancer peak in the 25 to 34 age group.
  • It’s extremely rare to get testicular cancer before puberty.

Occurrence facts

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  • Around 2,100 UK men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year.
  • Testicular cancer is on the rise – twice as many British men get it now as they did in the mid-70s.

Risk factors

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  • Men who had undescended testicle(s) as a baby have a higher risk of getting testicular cancer.
  • Being taller than average increases the risk.
  • Men who’ve had a rare complication of mumps called ‘mumps orchitis’ (where one of your balls gets painful and swollen) have an increased risk.

Cause

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  • We still don’t know what causes testicular cancer. Research is ongoing – so watch this space.

Myth-busters

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  • Testicular cancer can’t be caused by knocks or injuries to the balls (but if you get any kind of swelling or lump following an injury, you should still get your GP to check it out).
  • Having a vasectomy doesn’t mean you’re more likely to get testicular cancer.
  • Testicular cancer isn’t infectious and can’t be passed on to other people.