Testicular cancer typically occurs in young men. Each year it affects about 8,000 American men between the ages of 15 and 34, and like most cancers, its cause is mostly unknown. Though it is relatively rare, it is still the most frequently diagnosed cancer among younger men. Thanks to excellent advances in treatment therapies — like those utilized by our own Florida Hospital cancer experts — survivability of testicular cancer is extremely high. Request an appointment or a second opinion with one of our specialists today.
What is testicular cancer?
Cancer that develops in a testicle is called testicular cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the year 2010 about 8,480 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. An estimated 350 men will die of testicular cancer in the year 2010. Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer.
When testicular cancer spreads, the cancer cells are carried by blood or by lymph, an almost colorless fluid produced by tissues all over the body. The fluid passes through lymph nodes, which filter out bacteria and other abnormal substances such as cancer cells.
What are the testicles?
The testicles are the male sex glands and are part of the male reproductive system. Testicles are also called testes or gonads. They are located behind the penis in a pouch of skin called the scrotum.
The testicles produce sperm and several male hormones, including testosterone. The hormones control the development of the reproductive organs, as well as other male characteristics - body and facial hair, low voice, and wide shoulders.