ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of men who are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
This year, an estimated 9,610 men in the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. About 1 out of 250 men and boys will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime.
Testicular cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in young adult men, particularly between ages 30 to 39. This year, there will be 3,100 new cases of the disease in the 30 to 39 age group and 3,000 new cases in the 20 to 29 age group. The average age of diagnosis is 33. However, the disease can occur at any age. Testicular cancer is very rare before puberty and becomes more common afterward. Approximately 6% of cases are diagnosed in boys younger than 15 and adolescents age 15 to 19. An estimated 8% of cases are diagnosed in men 55 or older.
For unknown reasons, the number of testicular cancer cases has increased for many decades. However, the rate of increase has slowed down recently.
It is estimated that about 440 deaths from this disease will occur this year. These deaths are either 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 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of men live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The general 5-year survival rate for men with testicular cancer is 95%. This means that 95 men out of every 100 men diagnosed with testicular cancer will live at least 5 years after diagnosis.
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%. Approximately 68% of men are diagnosed at this stage.
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, this depends on the size of the lymph nodes with cancer. For men with cancer that has spread outside the testicles to areas beyond the retroperitoneal lymph nodes, such as to the lungs or other organs, the survival rate is 73%. About 12% of testicular cancer is diagnosed at this stage.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for men with testicular cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of men with this cancer in the United States. Also, 5-year survival estimates are based on information that is at least 5 years old. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publications, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2020, the ACS website, and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (all accessed January 2020).
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