According to the recent study published in the journal Cancer by the University of Washington School of Medicine, it appears that men who are infertile are at a greater risk for aggressive prostate cancer. They found that infertile men were 2.6 more likely to contract aggressive prostate cancer and 60 percent more likely to have slow growing prostate tumours.
Dr. Thomas J. Walsh and team studied 22,562 infertile men and compared them with fertile men in the general population discovering that one and a half percent of the infertile men developed prostate cancer during the course of the study (1967 – 1988), whereas the only 0.4 percent of fertile men contracted prostate cancer. The studied was adjusted for age, since the risk of prostate cancer increases with age, and still infertile men were at a 1.6 greater risk for slow growing prostate tumours and a 2.6 greater risk for greater risk for aggressive prostate tumours.
Dr. Walsh states that the chances of contracting prostate cancer in this way is still small however, however, he was surprised by the findings especially among the more aggressive prostate cancer stats. The reasons are not yet clear. Dr Walsh speculates that it could be due to damage in the sex chromosomes even before birth.
In previous studies it has been noted that men who have fathered are less likely to contract prostate cancer, though other studies do not see the amount of children sired as an indicator for fertility. Many fertile men choose not to father children.
Dr. Walsh maintains that more studies are necessary to shed more light on the findings.
In a previous study a connection between impotency and cardiovascular disease was found and now a connection between male infertility and prostate cancer.
Men’s sexual health is of utmost importance and Montreal men as well as all men suffering from some kind of sexual dysfunction need to get a complete physical checkup.
Early prostate cancer screening may become necessary in certain groups of men such as men who are infertile and under 50. Some researchers are suggesting the age should be lowered to 40.
Montrealers consult your primary physician for a referral to a prostate cancer-screening center near you. Many hospitals provide the service including l’Université de Montréal prostate cancer screening center.