Testicular cancer causes??

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March 8, 2017 at 2:33 am  #1290289    


Hello Dr,

I prefer to get answer from Dr. who is oncologist. Someone who knows about cancer like tesicular cancer.

So in 2008 I suffered from stage 1 seminoma type cancer of my testicle. This required me to go through radiotherapy and follow up. So far so good and no issues as all has been fine.

However I can’t take my mind off what could have caused it. Can someone get testicular cancer due to rubbing some objects on penis while masturbating?? I feel embarrassed to ask this but I want to know if this has been researched? Can rubbing something on penis cause testicular cancer??

I was around 24/25 years old at that time. And this experience has been very stressful and distressing. No need to say that I have been depressed too.

Please let me know.


March 8, 2017 at 8:09 am  #1290291    
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Hi Bond007,

Welcome to GRACE. We don’t currently have an faculty expert who focuses on testicular cancer, but but this is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the causes of that cancer:

“It’s not clear what causes testicular cancer in most cases.

Doctors know that testicular cancer occurs when healthy cells in a testicle become altered. Healthy cells grow and divide in an orderly way to keep your body functioning normally. But sometimes some cells develop abnormalities, causing this growth to get out of control — these cancer cells continue dividing even when new cells aren’t needed. The accumulating cells form a mass in the testicle.

Nearly all testicular cancers begin in the germ cells — the cells in the testicles that produce immature sperm. What causes germ cells to become abnormal and develop into cancer isn’t known.” – http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/testicular-cancer/basics/causes/CON-20043068

In general, cancer is caused by genetic mutations over a period of years. As a result, it is very unlikely that your cancer was caused in the manner you describe, over a relatively short period of time.

I hope that your cancer remains in remission.

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March 13, 2017 at 3:30 am  #1290341    


Thank you for your response and apologies for late response. Have been pretty busy.

I have looked at male reproductive system anatomy. For example below image.


From looking at it too it doesn’t seem that there is any direct connection between penis and testicles. Perhaps this is the best indicator along with your response that rubbing some object on penis while masturbating can’t cause testicular cancer.


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March 13, 2017 at 10:48 am  #1290349    
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The direction of flow is from testicles to penis not the other way around.

March 21, 2017 at 1:10 am  #1290411    


I have blamed myself a lot for this testicular cancer. Basically I felt and probably still feel that I must have caused it to myself while masturbating. And this who mental and physical experience has torn me apart. I just simply couldn’t let it go. I was very upset with myself. Trying to learn to let it go hasn’t been easy. That is the reason why I created this thread to understand anatomy of male reproductive system.

I must mention that due to my cancer I suffer from OCD due to anxiety and depression. Trying to remain positive sometimes is very difficult. Focusing on taking some supplements to improve my mental health.

Pretty embarrassed.


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