Reducing Your Risk of Testicular Cancer

There are no steps you can take to lower your chances of testicular cancer. It's not fully known why some people have problems while others don't. Talk to your doctor about how to lower your risk. This may involve:

  • Treating any health problems such as:
  • Not using drugs—Marijuana use has been shown to raise your risk of this type of cancer. While the link isn't clear, not using it or any other drug may help lower your risk.


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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 12/4/2020

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