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Sex and Fertility Issues May Continue Two Years After Testicular Cancer Diagnosis

Sex and Fertility Issues May Continue Two Years After Testicular Cancer DiagnosisBased on the data, 26% of the men reported sexual difficulties. About 18% said they weren’t satisfied with their sex lives, and 17% said they had little interest in sex. About 8% had problems with erections.

Just over a quarter of men with testicular cancer experience sexual problems two years after their cancer diagnosis, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Testicular cancer affects the testes – two small glands that produce sperm cells along with the hormone testosterone. Overall, testicular cancer is rare, but it’s the most common form of cancer for American men between the ages of 15 and 35.

Fortunately, testicular cancer is quite curable, with an estimated 5-year survival rate of 97% in men who receive proper treatment. Men might have surgery to remove the affected testicle and surrounding lymph nodes. Radiation and chemotherapy are other common treatments.

Still, men with testicular cancer often worry about their sexuality and fertility, and these concerns may linger for some time after diagnosis. In this study, researchers from Sweden investigated the prevalence of these concerns after two years.

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