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May 10, 1952


JAMA. 1952;149(2):109-113. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190011003

Although the prognosis of tumor of the testis is better than that of other tumors of the genitourinary tract (with the exception of carcinoma of the penis), the fact that they occur in the prime of life produces a grim picture indeed. Following World War II several large series of cases were reported, the outstanding of which was the series of 922 reported by Friedman and Moore1 from the Army Institute of Pathology. Since the majority of servicemen are in the age bracket in which most testicular tumors occur, a large number of cases were collected between 1940 and 1946. It was found that the incidence of testicular tumors in servicemen in World War II was 1 in 10,000 troops. Testicular tumors account for 3% of the malignant lesions of the genitourinary tract in the male and between 1 and 2% of all malignant tumors.

Age.—  In general, testicular