Despite their rarity tumours of the testis remain an important cause of mortality among young men. They rank behind only cerebral tumours and trauma as causes of death at this age. The incidence appears to be increasing world-wide. In England and Wales the Standardised Registration Ratio has risen from 2.1 to 2.8 per 100 000 males in the period from 1962 to 1972. This increase has been mainly in young men and is now the commonest neoplasm in men aged 25–34 (Table 13.1). This has also been reflected in the increased referral of patients to the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute (Fig. 13.1). There is noTable 13.1. Testicular tumours in England and Wales—rates per 100000 in 1962 and 1972.


Embryonal Carcinoma Testicular Tumour Supraclavicular Fossa Abdominal Irradiation Gentian Violet 
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