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Friday, August 5, 2016
As with all health conditions, there are myths, or misunderstandings, about testicular cancer that should be cleared up. Below is a list of some of the most often asked questions:
Q: Does low or high testosterone level increase my chances of cancer?
A: There are no studies showing a strong relationship between testosterone levels and chances of testicular cancer. If surgery is needed to remove a testicle with cancer, testosterone levels may decrease. Doctors monitor and replace as needed.
Q: Does sexual intercourse increase my chances of testicular cancer?
A: There is no relationship between sexual intercourse and risk of testicular cancer. However, unprotected sexual intercourse may increase risk of HIV, which can increase risk of testicular cancer.
Q: Does injury to the testicles increase my risk of testicular cancer?
A: Injury does not increase the risk of testicular cancer. However, it can lead to a medical exam, where a doctor might find a cancer that had not been found before.
Last Reviewed: May 12, 2015
Associate Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University