How Does Testicular Cancer Form?

Testicular cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the testicles, which is located inside of the scrotum of the male body. The main function of the testicles is to produce male sex hormones and sperm in order to reproduce. Testicular cancer is one of the more rare types of cancer, but still the most common between males of ages 15 to 35.  Additionally, even though it is common in males of that age group, it is also extremely treatable.

Causes of Testicular Cancer

Similar to some other types of cancer, there is still no distinct cause of testicular cancer. What doctors do know though is that testicular cancer happens when healthy cells in a man’s testicle becomes altered. Although there are no specific causes to testicular cancer there are a number of risk factors.

Risk Factors of Testicular Cancer

●     Race

This type of cancer is more common in white men than any other race.

●     Age

As mentioned before, testicular cancer is most common in men ages 15 to 35.

●     Family History

Like most cancers and diseases, if anyone in your family has suffered from it before, you are at a higher risk.

●     Abnormal Testicle Development

If you have any kind of condition that causes a man’s testicles to abnormally develop, you are at a higher risk for testicular cancer

●     Undescended Testicle

During fetal development the testicles are formed in the abdominal area. They are intended to descend into the scrotum before birth. If they have never descended or they descend abnormally, you are at a higher risk of developing testicular cancer.

Diagnosis of Testicular Cancer

In order to diagnose testicular cancer, usually what happens first is that you or your doctor notices a lump in your testicles through an examination. You then need to understand if that lump is testicular cancer or not. The first way our doctors will determine if it is testicular cancer is using an ultrasound, which will help them determine the nature of your testicular lumps. Another option is to use blood tests to determine the levels of tumor markers in your blood. Lastly, if these tests determine the testicle lump could be cancerous, surgery will be recommended to remove the testicle to definitively determine if it is cancerous.

Treatment of Testicular Cancer in New Jersey

If you are concerned that you are at risk or may have testicular cancer you need to visit a urologist and cancer specialist right away. Dr. Ron Israeli in Livingston, New Jersey is a leading testicular cancer specialist and urologist in New Jersey that can help diagnose and treat your cancer. Not only does he specialize in testicular cancer treatment, but also kidney cancer, bladder cancer and prostate cancer. To schedule an appointment today, please contact Dr. Ron Israeli at his Livingston, New Jersey office.