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A 31-year-old member asked:

I'm scared the doctor is going to tell me i have testicular cancer. how common is it?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Not common.: Other cancers, like renal and prostate are far more common. Its peak age incidence is 20-40. There are 2 subtypes, seminoma and non-seminoma. Seminoma is highly sensitive to radiation therapy. Staging involves serum alphafetoprotein (afp), b-human Chorionic Gonadotropin (b-hcg), chest x-ray, and ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis. There is 95% cure if treated right.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
All true, but fear can be relieved by knowing...one way or the other. It is uncommon, but commonly cured when found, fewer adverse effects when found early. GO, GET Checked!
Apr 13, 2012
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks! Good comment.
Apr 14, 2012
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
One of the most curable cancers,in general chem.is better choice, monthly self exam for early diag. predisposition, undecented testis, genetic,previous Ca of testis, if identical twin had it
Apr 14, 2012
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
See your physician: See your physician, only 1 to 2% malignant tumors of men are testicular tumors, so they are not that common , if tumor is found in testis most of the time it is malignant.

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