MD Anderson study finds fetal exposure to radiation increases risk of testicular cancer
Male fetuses of mothers that are exposed to radiation during early pregnancy may have an increased chance of developing testicular cancer, according to a study in mice at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study is the first to find an environmental cause for testicular germ cell tumors, the most common cancer in young Caucasian men.
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