Carolinas HealthCare System

There is no known way to prevent testicular cancer. Risk factors such as being white and having a family history of testicular cancer cannot be changed. Cryptorchidism, or undescended testicle, is another known risk factor, but at this time, it’s not clear if correcting the condition reduces a man’s chances of developing testicular cancer (although experts recommend surgery to help fertility and for appearance). Also, many men who develop testicular cancer don’t have any of these risk factors.

It’s best to live a healthy lifestyle, using the following as a guide:

  • Quit smoking to reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Undergo regular physical exams.
  • Know the symptoms of testicular cancer, and see a doctor if you experience any of them.