Vasectomies not linked to increased 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 U.S. 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 provides some reassurance that having a vasectomy is unlikely to meaningfully increase risk of developing any type of prostate cancer, including fatal prostate cancer,” said lead study author Eric Jacobs, a researcher at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta.
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