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Testicular cancer survivals hit 96%

A doctor with a clipboardNearly all men survive testicular cancer in the UK with 96 per cent of those who develop the disease beating it, according to Cancer Research UK.

The survival rate for testicular cancer has soared by 30 per cent in the past four decades.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that less that 70 per cent of men survived the disease in the 1970s.

Scientists believe raised awareness of the disease and quicker detection coupled with the introduction of the drug cisplatin have helped such a large increase in survival rates.

Most common cancer in men aged 15-49

According to Cancer Research UK, there are roughly 2,300 cases of testicular cancer each year in the UK.

It is the most common cancer diagnosed in men aged 15 to 49.

The data also revealed that unlike most cancers in the UK, whose survival rates are below the European average, testicular cancer survival rates exceed most countries in Europe.

The one-year survival rate now stands at 98 per cent and much of the improvement is attributed to the drug cisplatin, which aids chemotherapy in other cancers.

‘Cure’ almost a reality

Scientists believe they are edging towards a blanket cure for some forms of cancer which would be achieved should the survival rate hit 100 per cent.

Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: "A clear success story in cancer research has been the drug cisplatin, which our scientists helped to develop.

"This is helping almost all men with testicular cancer to beat the disease and is a shining example of what we can achieve through dedicated research.

“For some types of cancer, the word ‘cure’ is almost a reality – 96 per cent of men with testicular cancer are now cured.

"But it’s important we recognise the 4 per cent who aren’t surviving the disease, as well as the fact that we still need treatments to be kinder to patients in the future."

Awareness key to increased survival rates

Raising awareness is vital to most initiatives that set out to combat cancer and increase survival rates.

Television, radio and social media campaigns have been used to encouraging men to look for symptoms related to testicular cancer.

Martine Ledwick, head nurse at Cancer Research UK, outlines what to look for if you are concerned about testicular cancer at all.

Ledwick said: "The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump or swelling in one of the testicles.

"Although most lumps in the testicle won’t turn out to be cancer, it’s important you get symptoms checked out by your GP as early as possible."

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Hugh Currell

Hugh Currell

Hugh Currell covers health-related news and features for Hugh graduated in journalism and was the editor of a current affairs magazine for a year.

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