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Vasectomies May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer

If you were thinking about a prophylactic vasectomy, you may want to reconsider, an article published in The New York Times’ Well Blog says. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, vasectomies are connected to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Experts are still unsure as to why vasectomies have this effect, though conjectures include immunological changes, abnormal cell growth, and hormone imbalances. Though the risk is associated with advanced and lethal forms of the cancer, the results concluded that over a 24-year span, the likelihood of developing these cancers post-vasectomy was only increased by 3 in 1,000.

Read the article published in The New York Times’ Well Blog.

Read the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.