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Testicular Cancer – A Young Man’s Disease

Testicular cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the testicles.  Testicular cancer typically affects men aged 15 to 35 years. When detected early, it can be treated successfully in more than 95% of cases.

While the cause of testicular cancer is not known, the following factors can increase your risk of developing the disease:
  • Age – Young men aged 15 to 35 years are at highest risk
  • An undescended testicle called cryptorchidism
  • Klinefelter’s Syndrome, where an extra X chromosome results in failure of the testicles
  • Family or personal history of testicular cancer
  • Race – Caucasian men are at higher risk

Symptoms of Testicular Cancer

Most cancers of the testes are found during a self-exam or at an annual physical with your doctor. You may be able to feel a firm lump or mass in your scrotum, which may or may not be painful.

It is very important to talk to your doctor if you experience any pain or discomfort in the testicles or feel a lump during a self-exam. It’s also important to get in the habit of performing regular testicular self-exams so that you can become familiar with your body and notice any suspicious changes that should be examined by a doctor. Early detection and diagnosis of testicular cancer provide you with the best chance for successful treatment and long-term health.

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Dr. Rian Dickstein discusses testicular cancer including the symptoms, risks, and treatments that are available on Radio MD’s radio show – ER 101.

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