Facts and myths

Some Testicular Cancer Facts & Myths:

Facts:

  • There are over 2,400 new cases of testicular cancer in the UK each year. (7 cases every day).
  • Testicular cancer is more common in white males than in Asian or black males.
  • Almost half (47%) of testicular cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in males aged under 35.
  • Incidence rates for testicular cancer in the UK are the highest in males aged 30-34 but around 80% 15-45.
  • 98% of cases will survive for 10 years following early treatment.
  • You are at greater risk if there is a history of testicular cancer in your family.
  • You are at greater risk if you were born with an undescended testicle.
  • Tall men are at greater risk.
  • There is a greater risk if you use cannabis.
  • There is a greater risk if you use bodybuilding supplements.

Myths:

  • ‘Wearing tight underwear causes testicular cancer’ FALSE!
  • ‘Having a vasectomy causes testicular cancer’ FALSE!
  • ‘Masturbation causes testicular cancer’ FALSE!
  • ‘You can’t have sex, or father children after testicular cancer’ FALSE!