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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Screening for Testicular Cancer

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Release Date: February 2004

Summary of Recommendations / Supporting Documents

Summary of Recommendation

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against routine screening for testicular cancer in asymptomatic adolescent and adult males.

    Rating: "D" recommendation.

    Rationale: The USPSTF found no new evidence that screening with clinical examination or testicular self-examination is effective in reducing mortality from testicular cancer. Even in the absence of screening, the current treatment interventions provide very favorable health outcomes. Given the low prevalence of testicular cancer, limited accuracy of screening tests, and no evidence for the incremental benefits of screening, the USPSTF concluded that the harms of screening exceed any potential benefits.

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Supporting Documents

Screening for Testicular Cancer, February 2004
Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 63 KB; PDF Help)
Brief Evidence Update (PDF File, 153 KB; PDF Help)

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Current as of February 2004

Internet Citation:

Screening for Testicular Cancer, Topic Page. February 2004. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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