Monthly Archives: May 2016

Testicular Cancer: Acting Under Partial Knowledge

I got testicular cancer a few years ago. After I had surgery to remove the infected testicle, my initial CT and blood test came back clear; I didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy. But the statistics said that I had a 20% chance of relapse over the following 5 years. In an effort to figure out how to alter my habits in order to decrease the likelihood of such an outcome, I asked the doctor, “What causes testicular cancer? What should I do in order to avoid relapse?” He explained that the medical community knows a few risk factors, but that by and large the causation is a mystery. He said that my best course of action was merely to get periodic CTs and blood tests. The sooner a relapse is caught, he explained, the better my prognosis would be.

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