Men who have a vasectomy have an increased chance of developing prostate cancer and a higher risk of contracting the most aggressive form of the disease, a major study has found.
The Harvard research on 50,000 men – the largest study to examine the links between sterilisation and cancer – found that those who underwent the procedure had a 10 per cent higher chance of developing the disease.
It also found a sharp increase in the risk of contracting the most aggressive form of prostate cancer, although researchers cautioned that overall risk of such disease is lower.
The effect appeared to be stronger among men who had a vasectomy at a younger age, researchers said, with the chance of developing aggressive disease increasing in those who had a vasectomy before the age of 38.
Hmm. Usually one would take these sorts of numbers with a pinch of salt. A 10% increase in the usually low risk of getting any one specific cancer isn’t all that much to write home about. But given that most men have some form of prostate cancer by the time something else kills them this is rather more important than that.
One in eight men will develop the disease within their lifetime, with the vast majority of cases occurring after the age of 65.
Having a little bit of it is rather higher than that. That’s the number for those that are noted while aliev isn’t it?