Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is one of the most successfully treated cancers and today the survival rate is more than 90%.

Although men of any age can develop testicular cancer, it most often occurs in men between 18 and 35 years of age.

Risk Factors

Known risk factors for developing testicular cancer include:
  • Having an undescended testicle
  • Having a testicle that is not normal, such as a small testicle that does not work the way it should
  • Having testicular carcinoma in situ
  • Being white
  • Having a personal or family history of testicular cancer
  • Having Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic disorder in males caused by having one or more extra X chromosomes

Early detection is where a successful recovery begins, and the diagnosis is often made after a man discovers a firm mass within his testicle. This is why it is important for men to perform testicular self-exams , which involves feeling each testicle for a new firm mass or lump. The following individuals should perform monthly exams:

  • Family history of testicular cancer
  • Past testicular tumor
  • You are a teenager or young adult (ages 18 to 35)

Patient Care

At the University of Michigan urological oncology clinic, our testicular cancer experts follow a team approach to care. The multidisciplinary team of urologic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurse practitioners and sexual and reproductive experts make up one of the largest and most comprehensive programs offering care for patients with testicular cancer. This multidisciplinary team meets regularly to review each patient’s case to determine the best treatment option and to create individualized care plans.

Prompt treatment is important in working toward a cure for this rare cancer. On average, our patients can expect treatment to begin, including surgery if indicated, within 48 hours of contacting our clinic.

Request an appointment/referral

To get the appointment process started, please call 734-647-8903. If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555. For more information, visit our Appointments web page.

Still have questions?

The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.

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