Testicular cancer risk factors are the conditions and behaviors that research has linked to an increased likelihood of developing this disease. However, the presence of these risk factors does not necessarily indicate that a man will develop testicular cancer. Rather, men with one or more risk factors should be especially attentive to any unusual symptoms and promptly report them to a physician with a high level of experience in diagnosing and treating testicular cancer. For residents of St. Petersburg, Florida, this level of expertise is available in nearby Tampa at Moffitt Cancer Center.
Common factors that are thought to increase the likelihood of developing testicular cancer include age and race, as the disease is most commonly diagnosed in teens and younger men, especially those who are Caucasian. Additionally, a man may be at a higher risk for developing testicular cancer if he has one or more of the following:
- Lower fertility levels
- A family history of testicular cancer
- Hypospadias, the abnormal development of the penis and urethra
- Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic condition in which a man has two or more X chromosomes
- Testicular dysgenesis syndrome, a condition that affects the tubules of the testicles, causing male infertility
- Cryptorchidism, a condition characterized by the presence of an undescended testicle
The oncologists in the Urologic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center can help men from St. Petersburg, FL, and other areas determine their unique testicular cancer risk factors. If testicular cancer is detected, our team will develop an individualized treatment plan to provide each patient with the best chance at a favorable outcome and an improved quality of life. Moffitt has also been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute for our commitment to advancing testicular cancer research and treatment. In fact, many of our patients have the opportunity to participate in one of our clinical trials, where they have access to the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment before they are available elsewhere.
Moffitt Cancer Center encourages those from St. Petersburg, FL, who have questions about their individual testicular cancer risk factors to call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required to schedule a consultation.