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Testis Cancer Statistics

It is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 men will develop testis cancer each year.  The chance of developing testis cancer is about 1 in 270.  Fortunately, the cure rate is excellent (>95% for all men with testis cancer).  Only about 400 men will die from testis cancer each year (the chance of death from testis cancer is better than 1 in 5,000).  Because of the excellent cure rate, about 20,000 are surviving with cancer and 200,000 have been cured at any given time in the US.  

Testis cancer is most common in men in their late 20’s and early 30’s with an average age at diagnosis of 33 years-old.  In fact, testis cancer is the most common malignancy among men 20-40 years old. However, testis cancer can occur at any age: it is the 2nd most common malignancy in young men 15-19 years-old (leukemia is #1) with approximately 6% of cases occurring in children and teens, and about 7% occur in men over the age of 55.

In the United States, testis cancer is most common in white (Caucasian) men and less common in black (African-American), Hispanic and Latino men, and Asian-American men.  In fact, white men are 4-5 times more likely to have testis cancer than black men and 3-times more likely than Asian-American men.  Worldwide, the risk of developing testis cancer is highest in the United States and Europe and lowest among men living in Africa or Asia.


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