Testicular cancer may be one of the less common types of the disease accounting for just one percent of all male cancers, yet it’s the single most common type to affect younger men between the ages of 15 and 45.
What’s more, according to NHS statistics, it’s on the rise with an estimated 2,000 new cases every year. That’s more than double the number being diagnosed just 20 years ago.
Fortunately, testicular cancer is also one of the most treatable male cancers with a success rate as high as 96 per cent if caught early enough. In more advanced cases, where the cancer has gone undiagnosed and spread outside the testicles, this drops to around 80 per cent which, while still promising, highlights just how important it is to check yourself regularly so that you can spot anything out of the ordinary sooner rather than later and speak to your GP.
Although most common amongst younger men, testicular cancer can still occur in older age groups, so checking yourself regularly for lumps and bumps and being aware of the other symptoms is vital whatever your age.