Screening for Testicular Cancer
Overview of Screening
What is screening?
If your doctor suggests certain cancer screening tests as part of your health care plan, this does not mean he or she thinks you have cancer. Screening tests are done when you have no symptoms. Since decisions about screening can be difficult, you may want to discuss them with your doctor and ask questions about the potential benefits and risks of screening tests and whether they have been proven to decrease the risk of dying from cancer.
If you have signs or symptoms of cancer, your doctor will order certain tests to see whether you have cancer. These are called
Purposes of this summary
The purposes of this summary on testicular cancer screening are to:
Give information on testicular cancer and what makes it more likely to occur (
Describe testicular cancer screening methods.
Give current evidence about the effectiveness of screening tests.
You can talk to your doctor or health care professional about cancer screening and whether it would be likely to help you.
Testicular Cancer Screening
Risk of testicular cancer
Anything that increases a person?s chance of developing a disease is called a
Age: Young men have a higher risk of testicular cancer. In men, testicular cancer is the most common cancer between the ages of 20 to 34, the second most common cancer between the ages of 35 to 39, and the third most common cancer between the ages of 15 to 19.
Family History: Men with a
Hereditary Conditions: Men born with
Personal History: Men with
Race: Testicular cancer is more common among white men than black men. Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian men develop testicular cancer at a higher rate than black men, but less than white men.
Screening tests for testicular cancer
Most testicular cancers are first detected by the patient, either unintentionally or by self-examination. Some are discovered by routine
Changes to This Summary (07/12/2007)
Editorial changes were made to this summary.
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