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Reducing Your Risk of Testicular Cancer
If you were born with undescended testicles, having surgery to correct this condition may reduce your risk of getting testicular cancer. Many of the other risk factors, such as age, race, and history of cancer, cannot be changed.
Talk to your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your testicles or experience any symptoms.
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Testicular cancer. Merck Manual Professional Version. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/genitourinary-disorders/genitourinary-cancer/testicular-cancer. Updated November 2013. Accessed September 17, 2014.
Walsh TJ, Dall'Era MA, et al. Prepubertal orchiopexy for cryptorchidism may be associated with lower risk of testicular cancer. J Urol. 2007;178(4 Pt 1):1440-1446.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014