The risk of many types of cancers, such as prostate cancer, increases with
age. Testicular cancer is different. Although it’s fairly uncommon,
it most often strikes younger men. And unfortunately, not much is known
about lifestyle modifications or medical management that may reduce a
man’s risk of testicular cancer. However, if you do have concerns
about your reproductive health, you might consider talking to a family
Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. If need be, your family doctor may refer you to a specialist
at our community hospital.
Cryptorchidism is also known as undescended testicles. Usually, this condition
only affects one testicle. Cryptorchidism is more commonly diagnosed in
babies who have been born prematurely since the testicle hasn’t
had enough time to move into the scrotum yet. Males who were diagnosed
with cryptorchidism at birth may be more likely to develop testicular
cancer later. In some cases, an undescended testicle may correct itself
within the first few months of the child’s life. If it does not,
then surgery may be needed. Correcting cryptorchidism surgically may possibly
reduce the patient’s risk of testicular cancer.
Know Your Risks
Aside from correcting undescended testicles, there is little that men can
do to reduce their risk. If you do have a high risk of testicular cancer,
however, you could monitor yourself for abnormal changes and discuss these
with your doctor. You could also ask your doctor if you should be screened
regularly for testicular cancer. The other risk factors of this type of
cancer include having a family history of the disease, being between the
ages of 20 and 35, and being Caucasian. Other conditions that affect the
testicles may also increase the risk of testicular cancer, such as atrophic
testicle and mumps orchitic.
Know What to Look For
The signs and symptoms of testicular cancer may include the development
of a painless lump in a testicle, enlargement or swelling, and pain of
the testicle, scrotum, lower back, and groin. Men who notice abnormal
changes might consider speaking with a physician.
health concerns to a family care practitioner at Southern Hills Hospital, a state-of-the-art
medical center that proudly serves the greater Las Vegas area. Our community
hospital is pleased to offer a number of specialty medical services, including
stroke care, orthopedic care, maternity health, and geriatric psychology.
Call us at (702) 880-2700.