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Nov 21, 2005

Infertility May Be A Marker For Testicular Cancer

Infertility May Be A Marker For Testicular Cancer
Isn't surprising to learn that men who are undergoing treatment for infertility are 20 times more likely than men in the general population to be diagnosed with testicular cancer. Hmm, that's the truth I guess.

A close friend of mine has been recently diagnosed with testicular cancer, but I don't know if he was infertile. This may be news to all of us and to many of the physicians as well. This information may highlight the importance of screening for testicular cancer in any male who is diagnosed with infertility.

The researchers say that infertility and testicular cancer may have a common origin in many cases, beyond the well-known risk associated with having a history of undescended testes, also known as cryptorchidism.

To come to this conclusion the researchers, Goldstein and colleagues from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center reviewed charts from 3,800 men treated for infertility over a 10-year period at their center. Ten cases of testicular cancer were identified.

Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results database, infertile men had a 22.6-fold increased risk of testicular cancer compared with men of similar age in the general population.

If a man is infertile, "even if he has enough sperm to achieve a pregnancy using assisted reproductive techniques, he should still be seen by a urinologist for an examination and possibly an ultrasound of the testicle," Goldstein said.

Janet      Return to Cancer Blog Main


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