Stuff you should know about the numbers behind testicular cancer

  • Testicular cancer incidence continues to increase at a rate that is now statistically significant (1.5% per year between 1996 and 2005).
  • There is also a decline in testicular cancer mortality (2.4% per year between 1995 and 2004)
  • Five-year relapse-free survival rates were highest in Canada for thyroid (98%) and testicular cancer (96%). What this means is that, within the first five years after diagnosis, a man’s risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 4%.
  • For men with cancer that show no evidence of having spread beyond the testicles (Stage 1), the survival rate is about 99%.
  • For men with cancer that has spread to the back of the abdomen in the lymph nodes (Stage 2), the survival rate is about 96% but depends on the size and number of tumors.
  • For patients with more widely spread cancer (e.g. to the lungs, liver, bones etc) (Stage 3), the survival rate is about 71%. At this stage, patients are divided into three categories depending on the sites affected and tumor markers (blood work).
    • Good risk – five year survival = 94%
    • Intermediate risk – five year survival = 83%
    • Poor-risk – five year survival = 71%