Testicular Cancer Awareness

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Plastic surgeons are often coined as only caring about a person’s appearance, but that’s not the case for us. We care deeply about the health and well being of every single patient that walks through our doors.

This is why, during the month of November, we would like to highlight some of the serious health conditions that men face. These issues are behind the passionate cause of The Movember Foundation, which works to raise awareness for improving men’s lives everywhere.

Statistics on Testicular Cancer

Did you know?

  • In 2013, approximately 8,820 new cases of testicular cancer occurred
  • Of those cases, about 380 men died

Men have a 1 in 270 chance of developing testicular cancer. While it’s mainly found in adult men, about 6% occur in children and teens.

The good news is that testicular cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer. When the cancer remains inside the testicle, the survival rate is 99%.

If it moves into the lymph nodes, the survival rate is 96% and if it moves to organs, the rate drops down to 74%. These survival rates are much better than many other forms of cancer.

About Testicular Cancer

The male reproductive system lies inside of the testicles. They are what produce the sperm that fertilize a woman’s egg.

In the testicles, there are specialized cells. These cells are what can turn cancerous. Since there are many different types of cells in the testicles, doctors try to determine which cells turned cancerous to identify how to best treat it.

Some of the types of cancer found in the testicles:

  • Germ Cell Tumors – Most common type of cancer.
  • Stromal Tumors – Less common and usually are benign (non-cancerous).
  • Secondary Testicular Tumors – Caused by cancer in an organ that spreads to the testicles.

All men should be checked for testicular cancer, especially if they have any risk factors for the disease.

  • Undescended Testicle
  • Family History
  • HIV
  • CIS (Carcinoma in Situ)
  • History of Cancer in One Testicle
  • Caucasian American
  • Tall in Stature

It’s unclear why white American, tall men are more likely to suffer from testicular cancer. However, research continues to be done to understand this link.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Physician Today

Survival rates are higher when this cancer is caught early. If you notice any lumps or pain in the testes, make an appointment with your physician today. Pick up your phone right now and call. It could end up being the most important call you’ll ever make.

Wishing Men Everywhere Much Health and Happiness,

The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team

 

Reference: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/testicularcancer/overviewguide/index

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.