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Is testicular cancer serious?

Yes. Testicular cancer, like all cancer is serious. Still, testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, the 5-year relative survival rate for all men with this cancer is 95%. If the cancer hasn't spread outside the testicle, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Even if the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, the rate is 96%. If it has spread beyond the lymph nodes, the 5-year relative survival rate is around 71%.

Although death rates for testicular cancer are considered very low (1 in 5000), you should not treat this disease lightly. Testicular cancer may cause infertility, as may radiation therapy, a common treatment for certain a type of testicular cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Other treatments may have disruptive side effects, some permanent. Surgical removal of abdominal lymph nodes can make ejaculation difficult, and chemotherapy drugs can cause fatigue, hair loss, nausea, and vomiting. If the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, treatment is much more rigorous and cure may not be possible.

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