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Testicular Cancer Screening

Testicular cancer is cancer that begins in the testicles. The testes are the male sex glands that produce and store sperm and the male hormone testosterone. Approximately 7500 new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Most patients are men between the ages of 20 and 40 years The cause is not known. Some patients, however, are at higher risk for testicular cancer than are others. Men who were born with an undescended testicle where the testicle remains in the abdomen instead of descending into the scrotum are more likely to have testicular cancer than are other men. Testicular cancer is not contagious.

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