Testicular cancer incidence statistics

Cases

New cases of testicular cancer, 2016-2018, UK

 

Proportion of all cases

Percentage testicular cancer is of total cancer cases, 2016-2018, UK

 

Age

Peak rate of testicular cancer cases, 2016-2018, UK

 

Trend over time

Change in testicular cancer incidence rates since the early 1990s, Males, UK

 

Testicular cancer is the 17th most common cancer in males in the UK, accounting for 1% of all new cancer cases in males (2016-2018). In females and males combined, testicular cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all new cancer cases (2016-2018).[1-4]

Testicular cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rate Open a glossary item) for males are significantly higher than the UK average in Scotland and similar to the UK average in all other UK constituent countries.

For testicular cancer, there are few established risk factors therefore differences between countries largely reflect differences in diagnosis and data recording.

Testicular Cancer (C62), Average Number of New Cases Per Year, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2016-2018

  England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland UK
Male Cases 1,980 213 96 64 2,354
Crude Rate 7.2 8.1 6.2 7.0 7.2
AS Rate 7.2 8.1 6.5 7.1 7.2
AS Rate - 95% LCL 7.0 7.4 5.8 6.1 7.0
AS Rate - 95% UCL 7.3 8.7 7.3 8.1 7.4
Persons Cases 1,980 213 96 64 2,354
Crude Rate 3.6 3.9 3.1 3.4 3.6
AS Rate 3.6 3.9 3.2 3.5 3.6
AS Rate - 95% LCL 3.5 3.6 2.9 3.0 3.5
AS Rate - 95% UCL 3.7 4.2 3.6 4.0 3.7

95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits around the AS Rate Open a glossary item
 

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2016-2018, ICD-10 C62.

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Testicular cancer incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in the 30 to 34 age group. In the UK in 2016-2018, on average each year only 1% of new cases (1%) were in males aged 75 and over.[1-4] This is a much lower proportion of cases in older age groups compared with most cancers.

Age-specific incidence rates rise steeply from around age 10-14, peak at age 30-34 and then decline rapidly. The highest rates are in in the 30 to 34 age group.

Testicular cancer (C62), Average Number of New Cases per Year and Age-Specific Incidence Rates per 100,000 Male Population, UK, 2016-2018

The age distribution of testicular cancer cases may reflect an association with pubertal hormones.

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 2016-2018, ICD-10 C62.

Last reviewed:

Testicular cancer European age-standardised (AS) Open a glossary item incidence rates for males increased by 27% in the UK between 1993-1995 and 2016-2018.[1-4]

Over the last decade in the UK (between 2006-2008 and 2016-2018), testicular cancer AS incidence rates for males increased by 7%.

Testicular Cancer (C62), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, Males, UK, 1993 to 2018

Testicular cancer incidence rates have varied between age groups in males in the UK since the early 1990s.[1-4] Rates in 0-24s have remained stable, in 25-49s have increased by 28%, in 50-59s have increased by 57%, in 60-69s have increased by 42%, in 70-79s have remained stable and in 80+s have decreased by 48%.

Testicular Cancer (C62), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates per 100,000 Male Population, By Age, UK, 1993-2018

Testicular cancer incidence trends are difficult to explain in terms of prevalence of risk factors or changes in diagnostic techniques or data recording.

References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.

About this data

Data is for UK, 1993-2018, ICD-10 C62.

Last reviewed:

The most common specific location for testicular cancers in the UK is descended testes (2016-2018).[1-4] Variation of incidence by anatomical site may reflect the physical size of each site, and differences in risk factor exposure by site, among other factors.

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References

  1. Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
  3. Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales, March 2021. https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/.
  4. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, June 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/

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Data is for UK, 2016-2018, ICD-10 C62. For some cases the specific location of the cancer is not recorded, this may be due to clinical or data recording factors.

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Testicular cancer incidence rates are projected to rise by 12% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 10 cases per 100,000 males by 2035.[1]

Testicular cancer (C62), Observed and Projected Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, by Sex, UK, 1979-2035

It is projected that 2,921 cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed in the UK in 2035.

References

  1. Smittenaar CR, Petersen KA, Stewart K, Moitt N. Cancer Incidence and Mortality Projections in the UK Until 2035. Brit J Cancer 2016.

About this data

Data is for: UK, 1979-2014 (observed), 2015-2035 (projected), ICD-10 C62

Projections are based on observed incidence and mortality rates and therefore implicitly include changes in cancer risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. It is not possible to assess the statistical significance of changes between 2014 (observed) and 2035 (projected) figures. Confidence intervals are not calculated for the projected figures. Projections are by their nature uncertain because unexpected events in future could change the trend. It is not sensible to calculate a boundary of uncertainty around these already uncertain point estimates. Changes are described as 'increase' or 'decrease' if there is any difference between the point estimates.

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Testicular cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised (AS) rates Open a glossary item) in England in males are 16% lower in the most deprived quintile compared with the least (2013-2017).[1]

It is estimated that there are around 190 more cases of testicular cancer each year in England than there would be if every deprivation quintile had the same age-specific crude incidence rates as the least deprived quintile.

Testicular Cancer (C62), Estimated Average Number of Fewer Cases per Year, by Deprivation Quintile, England, 2013-2017

Testicular Cancer (C62), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, by Deprivation Quintile, England, 2013-2017

References

  1. Calculated by the Cancer Intelligence Team at Cancer Research UK, April 2020. Based on method reported in National Cancer Intelligence Network Cancer by Deprivation in England Incidence, 1996-2010 Mortality, 1997-2011 . Using cancer incidence data 2013-2017 (Public Health England) and population data 2013-2017 (Office for National Statistics) by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015 income domain quintile, cancer type, sex, and five-year age band.

About this data

Data is for England, 2013-2017, ICD-10 C62.

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An estimated 34,900 people who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer between 1991 and 2010 were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.[1]

References

  1. Macmillan Cancer Support and National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service. Cancer Prevalence UK Data Tables. London: NCRAS; 2015.

About this data

Data is for: Great Britain (1991-2010) and Northern Ireland (1993-2010), ICD-10 C62

Last reviewed:

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