Can testicular cancer be prevented?
Cryptorchidism, white race, and a family history of the disease are some of the known risk factors for this cancer. None of these factors can be changed. Also, many men with testicular cancer have no known risk factors. For these reasons, there is no way to prevent most cases of this disease.
We don’t know how much correcting an undescended testicle might affect cancer risk, but most experts agree that it should be done during childhood for other reasons, such as fertility and body image.
Last Medical Review: 01/02/2014
Last Revised: 02/11/2014