Testicular cancer is not a common cancer diagnosis, but it is most often seen in young people. Although people of any age who have testicles may develop testicular cancer, about one-half of testicular cancers are diagnosed in people ages 20–34.
Testicular cancer is usually curable when found early and treated appropriately; treatment is often successful even at later stages.
Ask your health care provider to examine your testicles as part of your routine physical exam.
Self-exam: Talk with your health care provider about the testicular self-exam. It is one way to get to know what is normal for you. If you notice a change, see your health care provider right away.
If you have testicles, you are at increased risk of testicular cancer if you:
Although people of any age who have testicles may develop testicular cancer, about one-half of testicular cancers are diagnosed in people ages 20–34.
Talk with your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms:
Treatment depends on the stage and type of cancer and the size of the tumor. It also depends on whether the cancer has spread beyond the testicle. Treatment is usually successful and can include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, alone or in combination.