Testicular cancer increasing in young Hispanic men

Hispanic Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. Now they have another distinction. Young Hispanic American men between the ages of 15 and 39 are reporting dramatic increases in testicular cancer, according to a new study.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson and her colleagues at Seattle’s Children Hospital, WA., analyzed data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program. What they found is between 1992 and 2010 the incidence of testicular cancer among young Hispanic white men increased 58% – from 7.18 cases per 100,000 at the start of that study to 11.34 cases per 100,000 by the end.

Testicular germ cell tumors are the most common malignant tumor among adolescent and young adult men. Historically non-Hispanic white men have had the highest incidence rate. But if the current trend continues, Hispanic American men will outpace all other groups within the next few years.

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