Testicular Cancer Facts
Cancer is a mysterious disease, as there are a lot of myths surrounding it. Testicular cancer is a rare condition in men and is treatable. It affects a sensitive area, and therefore requires clear information to dispel myths. For example, there is a wrong notion that bicycle reading can lead to testicular cancer. This article looks at a few popular myths and dispels them with clear-cut testicular cancer facts.
Surgery Can Spread Testicular Cancer
In reality, surgery is performed to prevent the spreading of cancer. In testicular cancer, biopsy (removal of a small tissue sample for research) may spread the condition. Therefore, it is performed only rarely. In most cases, to treat testicular cancer, the testicle is removed entirely to prevent the cancer from spreading.
Testicular Cancer will Terminate Sex Drive
Most cases are treated by removing only one testicle. This will not affect a man’s sex drive or fertility. But, if both testicles are removed, the patient will become sterile and lose his sex drive. He may need to take medications to resurrect his interest in sex.
Testicular cancer Affects Only Old Men
On the contrary, it mostly impacts young men between 15 and 40. It is most commonly found among young men in their mid-20s. The good news is that this condition is easily curable. The trick is to detect testicular cancer early for effective treatment and survival.
Vasectomy Can Lead to Testicular Cancer
Recent studies have revealed that there is no connection between vasectomy and testicular cancer. This fact holds good for prostate cancer too. Thus, if you are considering undergoing vasectomy, do not let the cancer factor deter you.
Undescended Testicle(s) Can Become Cancerous
Some males may suffer a condition called Cryptorchidism in which the testicles may fail to enter the scrotum after birth. This disorder does indeed increase the chances of testicular cancer. Males having undescended testicles face a much greater risk of getting testicular cancer, compared with the general populace. But, you have to remember that testicular cancer is a rare disorder. Therefore, even males having undescended testicles face only a minimal overall risk of developing testicular cancer.