Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer, especially when it is diagnosed early, according to the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation. Testicular cancer is cured in 95 percent of cases, states the Cleveland Clinic, and in 98 percent of cases that are caught early.
Early detection is an important part of curing testicular cancer, states the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation, which recommends regular self-exams, since early testicular cancer is often painless. The Cleveland Clinic recommends monthly self-exams performed in the shower, when the scrotum's skin is thin and loose. An appointment with a doctor is recommended if a lump is detected during a self-exam, if there is any pain or discomfort, or if there is a heavy feeling in either testicle.
Testicular cancer is most common in younger men, and the average age of diagnosis is 33, according to the American Cancer Society. Although one in 263 men will develop testicular cancer in their lifetimes, only 1 in 5,000 will die from the disease. Factors that affect outcomes, states the ACS, are such things as the type of cancer and the level of tumor markers after the tumor has been removed. The ACS estimates about 8,400 new diagnoses of testicular cancer during 2015.