Choosing Wisely:

Don’t screen for testicular cancer in asymptomatic adolescent and adult males.

Rationale and Comments: There is no benefit to screening for testicular cancer due to the low incidence of disease and high cure rates of treatment, even in patients who have advanced disease. There are potential harms associated with screening, which include false-positive results, anxiety, and harms from diagnostic tests or procedures.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Sources:
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
  • Disciplines:
  • Urologic
  • Oncologic
  • Preventive Medicine
  • References: • American Academy of Family Physicians Clinical Preventive Services Recommendation: The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends against screening for testicular cancer in asymptomatic adolescent or adult males (2011) http://www.aafp.org/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all/testicular-cancer.html.
    • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Final Recommendation Statement: Testicular Cancer: Screening. Rockville (MD): U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 2011.

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