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 prevented because they are present at birth. 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.
Although we don’t know what is the best age to correct an undescended testicle to prevent cancer, experts agree that it should be done during childhood for reasons related to fertility and body image. And knowing he has a risk factor like undescended testicle may cause a young man to be more watchful and to check his testicles, making it more likely a cancer will be found early.
Last Medical Review: 05/16/2012
Last Revised: 01/28/2013