The more you know about your health, the easier it is to make your own
healthcare decisions. During Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April,
consider talking to your doctor about your risk factors of
testicular cancer. If you’re a woman, you can take the opportunity this April to encourage
the men in your life to schedule a check-up at the hospital. Cancer is
a frightening diagnosis in all of its many forms, but patients can rely
on the sophisticated treatments available with Cancer Care at West Hills Hospital.
Before a male baby is born, the testicles are inside his abdomen. By the
time of birth, the testicles descend into the scrotum. When one or both
testicles do not descend into the scrotum in time, they are called undescended
One of the primary risk factors of testicular cancer is undescended testicles.
If the testicles do not complete their descent by the first birthday,
a surgeon may recommend surgical correction. Surgical correction may not
necessarily lower the risk of testicular cancer, but it can make it easier
to detect potentially cancerous abnormalities.
Family or personal history of testicular cancer
Testicular cancer may sometimes run in families. However, it’s important
to note that most testicular cancer patients do not have a family history
of the disease.
When a man has already survived cancer in one testicle, there may be an
increased risk of developing cancer in the other testicle.
According to the American Cancer Society, about three to four percent of testicular cancer survivors will later
go on to develop the disease again.
Underlying medical conditions
Other medical conditions can also increase the risk of testicular cancer.
These include the following:
- HIV infection
- Mumps orchitis
- Atrophic testicle
- Klinefelter syndrome
Of course, having one or more risk factors of testicular cancer does not
mean that you will develop it. Similarly, it’s possible to develop
cancer despite being at a low risk. But knowing your risk factors can
put you in control of your own healthcare decisions.
Cancer Care at
West Hills Hospital brings together leading oncology specialists who are committed to giving
you the personalized attention and superior care you deserve. With our
Cancer Care, residents of the West Hills community can receive the sophisticated
treatments they need without having to travel to another county. Call
a registered nurse at (818) 676-4321 for help exploring our hospital services.