• Reducing Your Risk of Testicular Cancer

    There are no specific guidelines to prevent testicular cancer because the cause is unknown. Although testicular cancer can affect men at any age, it is most common in those under 35 years old. Some risk factors such as family history or genetics cannot be changed. Fortunately, there are also risk factors which can be modified. These include:
    • Treating medical conditions—If you have a chronic condition, be sure to follow your treatment plan. Some conditions that increase your risk of testicular cancer include Klinefelter syndrome and HIV infection. The most common risk factor, undescended testes, can be surgically corrected to reduce your risk.
    • Occupational or environmental exposures—People who work in different jobs may come into contact with chemicals that are known to be harmful such as in agriculture, firefighting, or military careers. Take steps to protect yourself from exposure. Check with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or the Environmental Protection Agency about any available protective guidelines.
    • Quitting smokingSmoking negatively affects every cell in the body. Quitting smoking is an important step in preventing cancer. The sooner smoking is stopped, the sooner the body can start to heal. Talk to your doctor about the options available to help you successfully quit.
    • Avoiding drugs—Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk. Although no direct connection has been found, avoiding marijuana and other drugs may help reduce your risk.


    Gurney J, Shaw C, Stanley J, Signal V, Sarfati D. Cannabis exposure and risk of testicular cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2015;15:897.

    Marijuana linked with testicular cancer. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Available at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2010/12/marijuana-linked-testicular-cancer. Updated December 2010. Accessed September 11, 2017.

    Testicular cancer. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T907377/Testicular-cancer. Updated May 31, 2017. Accessed September 11, 2017.

    Revision Information

  • LiveWell personal health survey

    How healthy are you really? Find out – free.Learn more

    It's time to stop guessing. If you want to make some changes but just aren't sure how, the free personal health survey from LiveWell is a great place to start.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    At risk for a heart attack? Learn more

    Fight heart disease and prevent heart attacks. HeartSHAPE® is a painless, non-invasive test that checks pictures of your heart for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.

  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.