Testicular cancer survival rate

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Though feared by men of all ages, races and backgrounds, in the United States testicular cancer is an extremely rare disease: estimates suggest that fewer than 8,500 receieved the diagnosis of testicular cancer in 2010, and about 350 men died from the disease (compare this with the most common cancer, lung cancer, which has about 222,000 new diagnoses each year, and over 157,000 deaths each year).

Indicence and mortality from testicular cancer

The median age at diagnosis from testicular cancer is 33; in fact, a full 47.6% of men or nearly half of all diagnoses of testicular cancer occur between the ages of 20 and 34. A little over one fourth of all cases occur in men between 35 and 44.

The median age of death for men with testicular cancer is 40, with over 57% of those occuring in men between the ages of 20 and 44. As men age, their risk for being diagnosed with or dying from testicular cancer goes down.

Testicular cancer survival rates by stage

Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable and survivable cancers known to modern medicine, with 5 year survival rates as high as one could possibly hope for in the realm of cancer treatment. The following statistics show the extent to which the cancer is known to have spread (local, regional, metastatic, and unknown or undocumented), followed by what is referred to as a 5-year survival relative percentageā€”this figure represents the number of people expected to be alive 5 years following diagnosis:

  • -- Localized disease: 99.0%
  • -- Regional disease: 96.1%
  • -- Metastatic disease: 72.7%
  • -- Stage unknown: 85.5%

While one can see that when caught early, as many as 99% of patients will successfully be treated for testicular cancer, the most impressive figure is the percentage of patients with metastatic disease who are expected to survive 5 years or more: 72.7 % for metastatic disease is extremely impressive, and indicative of the success of modern anti-cancer treatments and therapies aimed at this particular cancer.

Sources

National Cancer Institute SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Cancer of the Testis

 

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