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Testicular Cancer

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking (a) to increase public awareness of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer and (b) to promote early diagnosis. (132166)

Testicular cancer is almost always curable if found early. The disease responds well to treatment even if it has spread to other parts of the body. More than nine out of 10 patients are cured.

Men should be aware of any unusual changes and consult doctors early in order to ensure the maximum chance of a cure. That is why we have collaborated with Cancer Research UK in the production of a leaflet to promote the public awareness of testicular cancer, ‘Testicular Cancer: Spot The Symptoms Early’. Around 250,000 copies of the leaflet were produced in 2006-07, distributed through Cancer Research UK helplines, at events and in Cancer Research UK shops. The leaflet has been placed in the Library and can be viewed at: