The exact causes of
testicular cancer are unknown.
conditions may increase your risk of getting testicular cancer. (Most men who
get testicular cancer don't have any risk factors.) These risk factors
undescended testicle (cryptorchidism). This is a
testicle that has not descended from the abdomen into the scrotum. Normally,
the testes descend into the scrotum before the baby is born or during the first
3 months of infancy. A man is at a higher risk even if the testicle is moved
- Klinefelter syndrome. This is a genetic disorder that
affects males. Normally, males have one X and one Y chromosome. Males with
Klinefelter syndrome have at least two X chromosomes and, in rare cases, as
many as three or four.
- A family history of testicular cancer.
Infertility from sperm problems has
been linked to testicular cancer. Men with sperm problems have a higher rate of
testicular cancer than men who do not. Experts don't yet know if the two
problems share the same cause or if one causes the other.4
Some doctors recommend that men between the
ages of 15 and 40 perform a monthly
testicular self-examination (TSE). Others do not
believe a monthly TSE is necessary for men who are at average risk for
testicular cancer. Monthly TSEs may be recommended for men at high risk for
testicular cancer, including those who have one or more of the above risk
factors. Sometimes changes in the testes do not cause pain, so you may not
notice these changes during a self-exam. If you have increased risk, see your
doctor regularly for testicular exams.
This answer should not be considered medical advice...This answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.
Thanks for your feedback.
13 of 15 found this helpful
Read the Original Article: Testicular Cancer-Cause WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
© 1995-2011 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.