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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: 01/20/2015
Last Revised: 02/12/2016