LITTLE ROCK (KTHV-TV)-- It's the most common form of cancer in men, ages 15 to 35. Ninety percent of survivors are due to early treatment and detection.
What usually begins as a painless lump in the testicle, is often mistaken for a hernia or pulled muscle. 7,500 men are diagnosed each year. Typically testicular cancer develops in young men, mainly Caucasian males. St. Vincent urologist Dr. Tim Goodson says there's no real theory as to why it develops moreso in Caucasian males, as opposed to other ethnic groups.
The most common symptom is a painless lump on a testicle. In some cases the lump is uncomfortable, but severe pain is rare. Dr. Goodson says the testis may be enlarged or swollen without a lump. But the good news is if detected early, treatment and survival rates are high.
Dr. Goodson says men should perform a self-exam. It's one of the best ways to detect if something is wrong. Surgery and chemotherapy are two of the treatment options for men. Careful observation is also advised. Dr. Goodson says testicular cancer is one of a few cancers that works best with multiple therapies and has a high success rate, if detected early.