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DISORDERS OF THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM1NURS 6501: Advanced PathophysiologyWeek 11 DiscussionDisorders of the Reproductive SystemINITIAL POSTOver the past decade, the incidence of testicular cancer has risen approximately 1.2% peryear (Sachdeva, 2016). Huether & McCance (2017) states that it is one of the most common curable cancers with an average cure rate greater than 95%. The cause of testicular cancer is not known but there is thought that there is a genetic predisposition. The characteristic genetic change found is an isochromosome of the short arm of chromosome 12 [i(12p)], which is often seen in sporadic cancers (Sachdeva, 2016). This suggests that genes in this region are important in the development of germ cell tumors (Sachdeva, 2016). Some males with testicular cancer exhibit no symptoms at all with the disease process being found during medical testing for other conditions per the American Cancer Society (2016b). early symptoms range from a lump or
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American Cancer Society, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, Germ cell tumor