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Is choriocarcinoma testicular cancer hereditary? i know it could be from defective genes but i didn't think these genes were inherited! help please!

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Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
No: Testicular cancers, particularly mixed malignant germ cell tumors, of which choriocarcinoma falls into, are not generally inherited but occur sporadically.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Somatic mutations: This would be a great time for you to brush up on basic tumor biology. All tumors (benign and malignant / cancer) result from mutations that take place after we're already multicellular organisms. At most, one of these is inherited ("cancer family" genes). I'm glad you have an inquiring mind. Best wishes.

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