Must-know facts about testicular cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 6/14/2014 6:00:00 AM

June is Men's Health Cancer Awareness Month, so we're going balls to the walls to help you prevent cancers like testicular cancer.

What is testicular cancer?
Like the name states, testicular cancer is cancer of the testicles, a part of the male reproductive system. These two organs are each normally somewhat smaller than a golf ball and are contained within a sac of skin called the scrotum. The scrotum hangs beneath the base of the penis. 

The testicles make male hormones such as testosterone and sperm, the male cells needed to fertilize a female egg cell to start a pregnancy.

The testicles are made up of several types of cells that can develop into cancer. Malignant cells form in the tissues of one or both testicles, most commonly in germ cells – the cells that produce immature sperm. It often develops in young men, although it can occur at any age. It is a highly treatable and curable type of cancer.

Is testicular cancer common?
Testicular cancer is one of the least common cancers, but is still prevalent. 

  • In 2014, the American Cancer Society states about 8,820 new testicular cancer cases will be diagnosed.
  • In a man's lifetime the chance of developing testicular cancer is one in 270.
  • The average age at the time of diagnosis is 33.
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