At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts continually focus on studying testicular cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. In fact, the OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes testicular cancer — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.
Screening for Testicular Cancer
Cancer screening exams can help find testicular cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms.
Not only are expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James continually working to detect and diagnose testicular cancer early, but they are also developing additional tests to detect and diagnose cancer even earlier, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.
Unlike some other cancers, there are currently no recommended screening exams for testicular cancer. Your doctor should examine your testicles as part of a physical exam, and some doctors recommend that men examine their testicles once a month.
Testicular Cancer Risk Factors
Anything that increases the chance of developing testicular cancer is a risk factor. These include:
- Having had an undescended testicle
- Having had abnormal development of the testicles
- Having a personal history of testicular cancer
- Having a family history of testicular cancer (especially in a father or brother)
- Being white
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Not everyone with risk factors will get testicular cancer. But having certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing the disease. If you are at high risk for testicular cancer, talk to your doctor about tests to find out if you have early signs of the disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed with testicular cancer, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a testicular cancer specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.