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Testicular Cancer

What Causes Testicular Cancer?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 15:20

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

The cause of testicular cancer is largely unknown. As yet, there is no identifiable link between testicular cancer and genetics, habits, lifestyles, or activities.

There is some evidence that the risk of testicular cancer is higher in men whose testicles failed to descend normally through the inguinal canal to the scrotum before birth or by the age of three.

Because of this slightly higher risk for testicular cancer, if a testicle has not descended by birth, or an undescended testicle is detected in a child,surgery is performed to place the testicle into its normal position soon after it is detected.

Testicular Cancer