Testicular Cancer

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Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention TOPICS

Can testicular cancer be prevented?

Many men with testicular cancer have no known risk factors. And some of the known risk factors, such as undescended testicles, white race, and a family history of the disease, can’t be changed. For these reasons, it is not possible now to prevent most cases of this disease.

Experts recommend correcting cryptorchidism in boys for a number of reasons (such as preserving fertility and body image), but it’s not clear how much this changes the child’s risk for testicular cancer.


Last Medical Review: 11/01/2013
Last Revised: 02/11/2014