Genetic intersection of male infertility and cancer

Liina Nagirnaja, Kenneth I. Aston, Donald F. Conrad

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Recent epidemiological studies have identified an association between male factor infertility and increased cancer risk, however, the underlying etiology for the shared risk has not been investigated. It is likely that much of the association between the two disease states can be attributed to underlying genetic lesions. In this article we review the reported associations between cancer and spermatogenic defects, and through database searches we identify candidate genes and gene classes that could explain some of the observed shared genetic risk. We discuss the importance of fully characterizing the genetic basis for the relationship between cancer and male factor infertility and propose future studies to that end.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • genetics
  • male infertility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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