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Statistics on Survival

Testicular cancer survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of the cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer. The overall five-year relative testicular cancer survival rate for 1996 to 2002 was 95.7 percent. The five-year relative survival rates by race were:
  • 95.9 percent for Caucasian men
  • 90 percent for African American men.

Testicular Cancer Statistics on How Stage Affects Prognosis

The stage of testicular cancer plays a role in a person's testicular cancer prognosis. Based on historical data:
  • 70 percent of testicular cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • 18 percent of testicular cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
  • 11 percent of testicular cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • 1 percent of testicular cancer cases had testicular staging information that was unknown.
The corresponding five-year relative testicular cancer survival rates were:
  • 99.5 percent for localized
  • 96.3 percent for regional
  • 70.1 percent for distant
  • 87.5 percent for unstaged.

Lifetime Risk of Testicular Cancer

Based on 2001 to 2003 rates, 0.36 percent of men (1 in 280 men) born today will be diagnosed with testicular cancer at some time in their lives. These statistics are called the lifetime risk of developing the disease.
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