Testicular cancer accounts for 1.2 percent of all cancers in males. According to the American Cancer Society, one in every 263 men will develop the illness at some point during their life. The average age of diagnosis is 33. Out of the 8,850 new cases predicted for 2017, seven percent will affect adolescents. Most patients are young to middle-aged men. Approximately 410 of these annual new cases will be fatal. Testicular cancer is usually curable if detected at an earlier stage. You should complete a simple self-exam once a month. Early detection is the first step to successful recovery.
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump in one or both testicles. It may start out as a small painless pea-sized lump. As the cancer cells develop and spread, the lump will change and grow, too. If you notice an unusual growth, make sure you visit your physician immediately for a medical exam and diagnosis.
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