Each year, between 8,000 and 10,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with testicular cancer. While the disease occurs less frequently than other types of cancer, including prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society projects that almost 9,500 cases will be diagnosed in 2021, with about 440 people dying from it.

Although any cancer diagnosis is scary, the good news is that the five-year survival rate for testicular cancer is approximately 95 percent. As with any form of cancer, early diagnosis is key to a favorable outcome. Therefore, it's important you know the basics of testicular cancer.

Overview of testicular cancer

The testicles play a crucial role in the male reproductive system, producing testosterone, a