Harvard Men's Health Watch

On call: Second testicular cancers

On call

Second testicular cancers

Q. My 27-year-old son had his left testicle removed to treat testicular cancer. He's doing beautifully, and his doctors are confident that he is cured. We are all delighted, but we worry that he may develop cancer in his right testicle. What are the chances of a second cancer? And what should he do about it?

A. It's a good question. Women with breast cancer are at risk for a tumor in the other breast, and patients who have had colon cancers or malignant melanomas have a higher than average risk of developing additional cancers. It's enough to concern young men with testicular cancer, but a study should help put that worry in perspective.

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