Epidemiologic Insights into the Occurrence and Causes of Testicular Cancer

VICTORIA CORTESSIS, PhD

Epidemiologic research has described the population distribution of testicular cancer and has suggested pathophysiologic mechanisms that are being investigated. Descriptive studies show that testicular cancer is becoming more common and that it occurs primarily in young men. This unusual age distribution accounts for much of the impact of disease and suggests some etiologic hypotheses. Analytic research has provided etiologic insights suggesting that testicular germ cell carcinoma has both environmental and genetic origins.

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