Testicular Cancer

By: CPMC Genetic Counseling Staff
Reviewed by: Allen Seftel, MD, Manoj Patel, MD, and Joel Marmar, MD, Cooper University Hospital

Testicular cancer is a cancer that occurs in the testicles. The testicles are the part of the male reproductive system and are responsible for sex hormone and sperm production. The testicles are located within the scrotum, which is the loose bag of skin underneath the penis. Most cases of testicular cancer begin in the cells that make the sperm (germ cells). Testicular cancer occurs most frequently in Caucasian males between the ages of 20 and 341,2. Fortunately, testicular cancer is highly treatable, even when it has spread to other parts of the body.

How Common is Testicular Cancer?

Testicular cancer is rare compared to other types of cancer. It is estimated that in 2013, 7,920 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 370 men will die from testicular cancer. About 1 in 260 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer during their lifetime 1.

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Page References

1. http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/testis.html
2. Jack, International Journal of Andrology 2007; 30:215-221.

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

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Risk Factors

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Reduce Your Risk

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The CPMC Study

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