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Screening for Testicular Cancer
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at risk for certain diseases or conditions.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against regular screening by a doctor or self-screening in men who do not have any symptoms.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men aged 20 years and older have a testicular exam during routine physical exams. No studies have been done that look at the benefit or harm of screening for testicular cancer. If you are at high risk for testicular cancer, your doctor may advise you to do regular self-exams in order to detect any testicular changes.
Keep in mind that if you notice any symptoms of testicular cancer, such as a lump or swelling in the testicles, it is important that you see your doctor for an evaluation.
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Last reviewed September 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 12/3/2015
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