Vasectomies not linked to higher prostate cancer risk

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Having a vasectomy doesn’t increase a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer or dying from it, a Canadian study suggests. Previous research has been mixed about the risk of prostate cancer associated with vasectomy, a common form of long-term birth control that involves snipping or blocking tubes that transport sperm out of the testicles. “Our study involving a large number of individuals followed for many years found no increased prostate cancer risk,” said lead study author Madhur Nayan, a researcher at the University of Toronto.
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