Vasectomy Not Linked to Higher Risk of Prostate Cancer in Large Study

Vasectomy Not Linked to Higher Risk of Prostate Cancer in Large Study
Vasectomy is not associated with either an increased risk of prostate cancer or of dying of such cancer, according to the results of a large prospective study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study, “Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer Incidence and Mortality in a Large US Cohort,” was conducted by Eric Jacobs, PhD, and his colleagues from the American Cancer Society, based in Atlanta. Vasectomy is a common surgical procedure for men wanting to be sterilized, a permanent and highly effective method of birth control. A number of studies have addressed whether this procedure increases the risk of prostate cancer, but results were often mixed. Among the six published studies, three reported a positive association between vasectomy and prostate cancer risk, while the other three did not. Then, in 2014, the largest study to date linked this procedure to a modestly higher risk of prostate cancer (10%), especially high-grade and lethal prostate cancer, kindling the debate. “Although a previous study suggested an association, our results show no connection between vasectomies and overall risk for prostate cancer, or of dying of prostate cancer, and should provide some reassurance to men considering vasectomy,” said Jacobs, in a news release. “Men concerned about developing a fatal prostate cancer should focus on maintaining a healthy weight and, if they smoke, quitting smoking. Both obesity and
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