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Recently I was diagnosis with testicular cancer and need to know what are the potential causes? It is just geneic?
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Testicular cancer is a disease that strikes men of a wide age range. It can affect young men as young as age 15. There are quite a few risk factors of testicular cancer. A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of developing a disease. However, if you have a risk factor, it does not mean you will absolutely develop it. Keep in mind, also, that testicular cancer can develop without having a risk factor for the disease.

Risk Factors for Testicular Cancer:

1)Having had an undescended testicle.
2)Having a personal or family history of testicular cancer.

Studies suggest that it may run in families. Having had testicular cancer previously also increases your risk factor.

Please do take care!
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Thank you for your response to my question.  
To the best of my knowledge there is no family history of testicular cancer, also I am 50+ years old.  I was concerned about other less "traditional" causes' ie. having a vasectomy, taking too many vitamins, trauma, etc.

Also does having one involved testicular mean that the other is at a greater risk???
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