Testicular Cancer

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What are the key statistics about testicular cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for testicular cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 8,820 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed.
  • About 380 men will die of testicular cancer.

The rate of testicular cancer has been increasing in the United States and many other countries for several decades. The increase is mostly in seminomas. Experts have not been able to find reasons for this increase. Lately, the rate of increase has slowed.

Testicular cancer is not common; a man’s lifetime chance of developing testicular cancer is about 1 in 270.

The average age at the time of diagnosis of testicular cancer is about 33. This is largely a disease of young and middle-aged men, but about 6% of cases occur in children and teens, and about 7% occur in men over the age of 55.

Because testicular cancer usually can be treated successfully, a man’s lifetime risk of dying from this cancer is very low: about 1 in 5,000. If you would like to know more about survival statistics, see the section, “Testicular cancer survival rates.”


Last Medical Review: 11/01/2013
Last Revised: 02/11/2014