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Testicular cancer survival statistics

One-, five- and ten-year survival statistics for testicular cancer by age and trends over time are presented here. There are also data by stage at diagnosis and geography.

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One-, five- and ten-year survival

99% of men survive testicular cancer for at least one year, and this is predicted to fall slightly to 98% surviving for five years or more, as shown by age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed with testicular cancer during 2010-2011 in England and Wales (Table 3.1).1

Table 3.1: Testicular Cancer (C62), Age-Standardised One-, Five- and Ten-Year Net Survival, Men (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 2010-2011

1-Year Survival (%) 5-Year Survival (%) 10-Year Survival (%)
Men Net Survival 99.1 98.3 98.2
95% LCL 99.1 98.3 98.2
95% UCL 99.1 98.3 98.2

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95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits
Five- and ten-year survival is predicted using an excess hazard statistical model

Testicular cancer survival does not continue to fall beyond five years after diagnosis, which means nearly all patients can be considered cured after five years. 98% of men are predicted to survive their disease for ten years or more, as shown by age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed with testicular cancer during 2010-2011 in England and Wales (Figure 3.1).1 Out of 20 common cancers in England and Wales, ten-year survival for testicular cancer ranks highest (both overall and for males only).

Figure 3.1: Testicular Cancer (C62), Net Survival up to Ten Years after Diagnosis, Men (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 2010-2011

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Survival for testicular cancer is reported in Scotland and Northern Ireland,2,3 though it is difficult to make survival comparisons between countries due to different methodologies and criteria for including patients in analyses.

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By age

Five-year survival for testicular cancer is generally higher in younger men and decreases with increasing age. Five-year net survival ranges from 99% in 40-49 year-olds to 50% in 80-99 year-olds for patients diagnosed with testicular cancer in England during 2007-2011 (Figure 3.2).4

Figure 3.2: Testicular Cancer (C62), Five-Year Net Survival by Age, England, 2007-2011

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Trends over time

As with most cancers, survival for testicular cancer is improving. One-year age-standardised net survival has increased from 83% during 1971-1972 to 99% during 2010-2011 in England and Wales – an absolute survival difference of 16 percentage points (Figure 3.3).1

Figure 3.3: Testicular Cancer (C62), Age-Standardised One-Year Net Survival, Men (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 1971-2011

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Five- and ten-year survival has increased by an even greater amount than one-year survival since the early 1970s. Five-year age-standardised net survival for testicular cancer has increased from 71% during 1971-1972 to a predicted survival of 98% during 2010-2011 in England and Wales – an absolute survival difference of 28 percentage points (Figure 3.4).1

Figure 3.4: Testicular Cancer (C62), Age-Standardised Five-Year Net Survival, Men (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 1971-2011

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Five-year survival for 2010-2011 is predicted using an excess hazard statistical model

Ten-year age-standardised net survival for testicular cancer has increased from 69% during 1971-1972 to a predicted survival of 98% during 2010-2011 in England and Wales - an absolute survival difference of 29 percentage points (Figure 3.5).1 Overall, almost all men diagnosed with testicular cancer today are predicted to survive their disease for at least ten years.

Figure 3.5: Testicular Cancer (C62), Age-Standardised Ten-Year Net Survival, Men (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 1971-2011

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Ten-year survival for 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 is predicted using an excess hazard statistical model

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By stage at diagnosis

Survival for testicular cancer is related to stage of the disease at diagnosis. The majority of patients present at Stage I.  

One-year relative survival for testicular cancer is highest for patients presenting at Stages I, II and III, with more than 95% of patients surviving their disease for at least one year for patients diagnosed during 2006-2010 in the former Anglia Cancer Network (Figure 3.6).5 As very few patients are diagnosed at Stages III or IV, the one-year survival statistics have wide confidence limits and should therefore be interpreted with caution.

Figure 3.6 Testicular Cancer (C62), One-Year Relative Survival by Stage, Men (Aged 15-99 Years), Former Anglia Cancer Network, 2006-2010

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Relative survival can be greater than 100% because it accounts for background mortality. A relative survival figure greater than 100 indicates that people diagnosed have a better chance of surviving one or five years after diagnosis than the general population.

Five-year relative survival for testicular cancer ranges from more than 100% at Stage I (which means survival is slightly better than that of the general population) to 81% at Stage IV for patients diagnosed during 2002-2006 in the former Anglia Cancer Network (Figure 3.7).5

Figure 3.7 Testicular Cancer (C62), Five-Year Relative Survival by Stage, Men (Aged 15-99 Years), Former Anglia Cancer Network, 2002-2006

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Relative survival can be greater than 100% because it accounts for background mortality. A relative survival figure greater than 100 indicates that people diagnosed have a better chance of surviving one or five years after diagnosis than the general population.

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section updated 02/12/14

 

In Europe

International comparisons of one and five-year survival for men in England and Wales diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1995-99 show testicular cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival in the UK equal or even exceed those recorded in the rest of Europe.6

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section updated 25/06/12

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References for testicular cancer survival

  1. Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Personal communication, 2014.
  2. ISD Scotland. Trends in Cancer Survival 1983-2007.
  3. Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. Incidence & Survival 1993-2012.
  4. Office for National Statistics. Statistical Bulletin: Cancer survival in England: Patients diagnosed 2007-2011 and followed up to 2012. Newport: ONS; 2013.
  5. The National Cancer Registration Service, Eastern Office. Personal communication.
  6. Sant M, Allemani C, Santaquilani M, et al. EUROCARE-4. Survival of cancer patients diagnosed in 1995-1999. Results and commentary. Eur J Cancer 2009;45:931-91.
Updated: 2 December 2014