It’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Although it’s not an extremely common condition, accounting for 1% of all male cancers, it is most frequently diagnosed in men ages 15 to 35. This is an age group that is notorious for avoiding the doctor’s office.
In fact, according to a 2011 report from the CDC that compared doctor visits between males and females in the 19-25 age range, 81% of females and only 58.5% of males visited their doctor in the last 12 months.
Every year in the U.S., an estimated 8,500 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer and 350 die from the disease, according to the Testicular Cancer Society.
The Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation explains that testicular cancer has the ability to develop in one or both testes. Most tumors are metastatic, meaning they have the ability to spread to other organs in the body, which could ultimately lead to serious illness or death.
Approximately 1 in 250 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. Thanks to early detection and advanced treatments, only approximately one in 5,000 men will die from testicular cancer.
It is important for men to perform monthly self-exams and watch for any abnormalities. Continue to visit with your physician on an annual basis to keep up to date on your preventative care. Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, especially if detected early. If caught at an early stage, before it has spread, the survival rate is almost 100%. However, if caught at a late stage, the rate drops to 80%.