February 24, 2018
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Wellness Tip

Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer: No Connection

by Berkeley Wellness  

Does vasectomy increase the risk of prostate cancer? The latest study says no.

Over the past 25 years, research has produced conflicting results about this potential risk, for which there is no established biological rationale. For instance, a large 2014 Harvard study of health professionals found a small increased risk in men with vasectomies (often decades after the procedure), but a large 2016 study from the American Cancer Society did not.

The new study followed nearly 85,000 European men (15 percent with vasectomies) for 15 years and found no link between the procedure and overall, high-grade, or advanced-stage prostate cancer. All three studies were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Also see 7 Must-Know Vasectomy Facts and Can Frequent Sex Prevent Prostate Cancer?