Having a vasectomy raises risk of prostate cancer by 10 per cent, claims new study
Thursday 10 July 2014
Having a vasectomy increases a man’s chances of getting prostate cancer by 10 per cent, according to a new study.
The researchers at Harvard Medical School in the US also found the operation meant there was a greater risk of getting the most dangerous type of the disease.
They studied the health 50,000 men, who were aged 40 to 75 at the start of the research, from 1986 to 2010.
Professor Lorelei Mucci, of Harvard School of Public Health, one of the authors of the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, said having a vasectomy before the age of 38 appeared to result in a particularly strong effect.
“We saw that in men who had a vasectomy earlier in life there was a greater risk of developing advanced or lethal forms of the disease,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
“This may be because of the timings and the impact on the prostate, anything may be happening in earlier life that can increase this risk when changes are made.”
Some 40,000 men a year are affected by prostate cancer, with 10,000 dying from it.
Professor Malcolm Mason, of Cancer Research UK, said: “This is an extremely important study, the largest one of its kind looking at the link between vasectomies and prostate cancer.
“Importantly, the extra risk of developing prostate cancer after having a vasectomy appears to be small, but of the few that do go on to develop the disease, a higher number will develop an aggressive form.
“Vasectomy is still an important option for contraception, but this information should form part of the discussion before a man makes an informed decision as to whether or not it is right for him.”
Life & Style blogs
The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson says she would play Ellie in a sequel
Meow Chat: New messaging app combines Tinder and WhatsApp - but is it safe?
Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
How much independence should children have?
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- < Previous
- Next >
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...
£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...