Testicular cancer can blindside men at the peak of their health. Here's what you—or the man in you life—should know about the disease.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. While testicular cancer can affect males of any age, it occurs often in men between the ages of 15 and 40.
- The tumor is painless, which means it's easy to ignore. Most often, testicular cancer develops with only one symptom—the growth of a painless tumor. That's why it's so important to do self-exams.
- The earlier you catch it the better. The good news is the cure rate for early-stage testicular cancer is greater than 95 percent.
- The treatment won't impact sexual function. Because the testicles produce sperm and the hormone testosterone, the topic of testicular cancer often raises fears about sexual function and fertility. But advances in surgical techniques put those concerns to rest.
- Awareness sets a pattern of healthy habits. Performing regular self-exams of the testicles during early adulthood teaches a man to be proactive about other aspects of his health.