Types Of Testicular Cancer & Why Me

  • There are a few different types of testicular cancer. The most common types are teratomas and seminomas.
  • The type that tends to affect teenagers is a testicular cancer called teratomas. They can start from the age of 15 upwards. A teratoma grows from a type of cell called a germ cell. These cells are part of the reproductive system, forming in the testicles.
  • Seminomas tend to affect older men, from about 30-40 and is slow growing.
  • An important thing to remember is that the outcome for all types of testicular cancer is really successful and if caught early enough the success rate is well above 98%.
  • Why have I got testicular cancer?
  • We don’t know what causes testicular cancer. Although the condition is rare, it has been on the increase in recent years. Again, we don’t know why, but research is going on all the time to find the answer.
  • There are a few factors that can increase the chances of developing the condition.
  • It’s more common in males where a testicle didn’t descend when they were very young – and they perhaps needed surgery to correct this. This relates back to when a male is developing in the womb, where his testicles grow in the abdomen and then descend into the scrotum before he is born. All babies are checked to make sure their testicles have dropped correctly and, if not, an operation is carried out to put them in the right place.
  • There can be a family link (genetic), so if your dad or brother had testicular cancer, then there is a slightly increased risk of you developing it too. However the risk is still small.
  • We’re not sure why, but testicular cancer is more common in white than black people, and in wealthier social groups.
  • What is clear, is that there is no link with injuries and sporting strains, or having hot baths for that matter.
  • So remember that it isn’t anything that you have done!

 

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