Revised 08 May 2013
Cancer of the testis is relatively uncommon in B.C., but the incidence rate has almost quadrupled in the past 40 years. Mortality has fallen during the same period as effective treatments have evolved.
Patients with testicular atrophy of any cause such as cryptorchism, mumps orchitis, or ectopic testis have an increased risk for developing testis cancer. Vasectomy has been ruled out as a cause of testicular cancer. There is also a 3-5% risk for testis cancer patients to develop a contralateral testis cancer. First degree relatives of a testis cancer patient have a 3-10 fold increase in risk for developing a testis cancer.
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Testicular self-examination is the recommended method of early detection for testicular cancer but no evidence is available as to its efficiency. Due to the overall low incidence and high cure rate of testis cancer there is no need for additional preventive measures besides self examination for first-degree relatives.
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