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How dangerous are testicular cancers?

How dangerous are testicular cancers?

Lethal if untreated: Testicular cancers can spread to other body parts (back, lungs, brain, etc.) if not treated or if not detected early. Thankfully, even very advanced testicular cancers can be very effectively treated and cured in most patients (example lance armstrong). Treatments include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and bone marrow transplants in select cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Testicular cancer symtoms?

Testicular cancer symtoms?

Testicular cancer: Swelling, lump or pain are usually symptoms of testicular cancer. ...Read more

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 what is testicular cancer?

 what is testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer: Testicular cancer is a range of diseases consisting of germ cell tumors (develop into sperm) and non-germ cell tumors (the cells support germ cells). They are most common in the early 20s to mid-30s and are usually discovered as a painless lump in the testis (just one side). Any new lump in the testicle should be evaulated by a doctor. Seminoma, most common, is quite curable. ...Read more

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What causes testicular cancer?

Abnormal cells: Abnormal cells in testis multiply and become tumors. They are relatively uncommon tumors. But all men should prectice scrotal self examination on a regular basis (say x1/month), ideally in the shower. Seek medical help if you feel a hard lump, or one testicle starts to grow much larger than ihe other one. Intraabdominal undescended testes are at cancer risk even after correction. Prognosis is good. ...Read more

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What are signs of testicular cancer?

What are signs of testicular cancer?

Variable: Testicular mass is the most obvious. Groin and flank pain can occur as well. But this can be a silent disease so if you have any concern, see your doctor! ...Read more

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What are the causes of testicular cancer?

What are the causes of testicular cancer?

Dumb luck: Apart from cryptorchidism, which greatly increases the risk, these seem to strike at random. There are two studies you may see that to me reek of bad science. In one, the men who had testicular cancer and wonder why were more willing to confess to having tried cannabis. In the other, men who'd lost a testis exaggerated their past athletic achievements. No, fitness doesn't cause cancer. ...Read more

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What is testicular cancer like?

Vague question: Please see this site for general information on testicular cancer.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/testicular-cancer/ds00046. ...Read more

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How common is testicular cancer?

~8,500 cases/yr: It is estimated that in the United States this year that there will be approximately 8, 500 new cases of testicular cancer. It is the most common solid malignancy in males between 15-35 yo. ...Read more

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What does testicular cancer feel like?

A lump: Usually rough-surfaced, seldom very painful, sometimes just an enlarges testis if the cancer is inside. Check yourself when you feel like it, and at least once a month with some serious-minded attention to what's there. If you haven't yet discovered your epididymis, you will and it's not cancer. Any new mass should get seen by your physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I have testicular cancer?

What to do if I have testicular cancer?

Get treated, : ...Of course! patients with testicular cancer have surgery to remove the malignant testicle, sometimes followed by radiation or chemo depending on the kind of cancer and the circumstances. Get a good urologist with expertise in the field, preferably one who works within a multidisciplinary approach. Testicular cancer is very curable, even if advanced. ...Read more