Testicular cancer is one of the most rare forms of cancer that men can develop. Because of its rarity, people can often be misinformed about testicular cancer, the outcome, its causes and effects. We’re here to bust some of the more common myths about testicular cancer.
Myth 1 – It’s an older man’s disease.
Actually, you are more likely to develop testicular cancer between the ages of 20-39 than any other age group.
Myth 2 – Testicular cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for men.
The good news is testicular cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. The five-year survival rate is 95%.
Myth 3 – If your father or uncle had testicular cancer, you will also get it.
Although family history does increase your risks, testicular cancer is extremely rare. The chance of developing this type of cancer is typically less than 1 in 250.
Myth 4 – Testicular cancer is only found during a doctor’s exam.
Men themselves or their partners initially discover most cases of testicular cancer rather than their doctors. With testicular cancer, it’s important that you perform self-examinations. You know your body better than anyone else and will be more likely to notice when things change.
Myth 5 – Symptoms of testicular cancer are not easily noticeable.
While the symptoms of testicular cancer may not be overwhelming, be sure to check for simple things. If you see any swelling or fluid build-up or experience pain, aching or discomfort, consult with a physician.
Myth 6 – If I get testicular cancer, I won’t be able to have children after.
This is true only in very rare cases. In the majority of cases, only one testicle is removed and so there is little change to fertility and sex drive.
If you or a loved one suspects testicular cancer, make an appointment today with one of our physicians. Call 1-877-321-8452 or request an appointment online.