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What Causes Testicular Cancer in Children?

Few causes have been found for testicular cancer that develops before puberty. Still, there are some risk factors.

Intersex Disorders

These complex cases with ambiguous (uncertain) genitalia and other abnormalities may have an atypical testicle that puts them at risk for tumors known as gonadoblastomas and dysgerminomas.

A History of Undescended Testes

How the testicles descend into the scrotum during pregnancy
How the testicles descend into the scrotum during pregnancy
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An undescended testicle is mainly found and treated in boyhood. So, these boys should do a testicular self-exam monthly.

Age and Race

Young men  15 to 34 years old are at risk for testicular cancer. This cancer is also more common in white than in black males.