Testicular Cancer

by Dr Raya Grishina-Gunn

Testicular cancer is not a common cancer, but it is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer, after skin cancer, among young men aged 20–39. In Australia, about 850 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year, accounting for about 1% of all cancers in men. It occurs most often in men aged 25–40. 

The causes of testicular cancer are not known however there are risk factors that men need to be aware of including: 

  • Undescended testes at birth
  • Family history
  • Personal history of low fertility
  • Personal history: having a testicular cancer in one testicle increases the risk of having it in the second one.
  • People living with HIV or AIDS
  • Some congenital abnormalities such as Hypospadias 

It is not always possible to prevent Testicular cancer, however early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment and cure.  There are some lifestyle modifications that may also decrease the risk of testicular cancer. 

You should speak to your doctor about any concerns about testicular cancer, contact us on 02 43847200 for a Preventative Men’s Heath consultation.

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