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This year, an estimated 8,430 men in the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. It is estimated that about 380 deaths from this disease will occur this year. These deaths are from cancer that spread from the testicles to other parts of the body and could not be effectively treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or surgery or from complications from treatment.
The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. The five-year survival rate of men with testicular cancer is 95%. What this means is that for every 100 men diagnosed with testicular cancer, there are five additional deaths in the five years after diagnosis compared to the death rate among men the same age in the general population. This number includes all men diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The survival rate is higher for men diagnosed with early-stage cancer and lower for men with later-stage cancer. For men with cancer that has not spread beyond the testicles (Stage 1; see Stages), the survival rate is 99%. For men with cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen, called the retroperitoneal lymph nodes, the survival rate is about 96% but depends on the size of the lymph nodes with cancer. For men with cancer that has spread to distant areas outside the testicles, the survival rate is 73%.
Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a man how long he will live with testicular cancer. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent recent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 and the NCI Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database (1975-2011).
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