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Testicular Cancer Screenings

Approximately 8,000 people will be diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the U.S. Regular testicular cancer screenings can catch any possible problems early. Early detection is the key to saving lives.

Who is at risk for testicular cancer?

Young men are most at risk for testicular cancer. It is the most common cancer in men ages 20 to 34.

Whites have the greatest risk of testicular cancer. They are five to 10 times more likely to get testicular cancer than African Americans. After whites, Asian-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans have the highest rates of testicular cancer.

Other risk factors include:

  • Cryptorchidism (having a testicle that did not descend into the scrotum)
  • Family history of testicular cancer
  • HIV
  • Klinefelter's syndrome (a genetic condition that causes underdeveloped testicles and other problems)
  • Having previously had testicular cancer

What should I expect during my visit?

Your testicular cancer screening can be combined with a regular check-up. When you come in, your health care professional will examine your testicles for differences in size, shape, or texture - as well as the appearance of new bumps or hard lumps.

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