Here are some important testicular cancer statistics you should know about – plus a few extra resources you may find helpful – during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April.
How many people will get testicular cancer this year?
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 8,800 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year, and 380 testicular cancer patients will die.
While that might seem like a relatively small number, but testicular cancer diagnosis rates have been slowly increasing in America and throughout the world over the past few decades.
How likely are you to get testicular cancer?
About 1 in every 270 men is diagnosed with testicular cancer during their lifetime.
Who’s at risk for this type of cancer?
Overall, testicular cancer is considered a younger man’s disease – the average patient is about 33 years-old at the time of diagnosis. However, about 7% of cases occur in men over 55 – and children and teens can get it, too (about 6% of overall cases).
What are the testicular cancer survival rates?
The good news is that a man’s lifetime risk of dying from testicular cancer is only about 1 in 5,000. In fact, according to research, testicular cancer has the highest survival rates of any solid tumor.
How can I prevent testicular cancer?
Besides the normal things you do to prevent cancer – eat healthy foods, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and not smoking – make sure you get checked by your physician once a year. And, perform a testicular self-exam once a month – you can catch small lumps early, before they become a bigger problem.
In the end, as always, your health is largely up to you! Stay safe, stay aware, and maybe wear an orchid colored cancer ribbon during April to show your support for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.
(Image via Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.)