THE DEFINITIVE ANSWER!
Even though the majority of research has shown there is NO association between vasectomy and prostate cancer, there still remains some question on the risk. A newly released study in Journal of Clinical Oncology may finally answer concerns about this important concern. The conclusion of the extensive research in this 10 year clinical trial found that “the overall weight of all the evidence is that vasectomy is unlikely to meaningfully increase risk of any type of prostate cancer,” according to Dr. Eric Jacobs, American Cancer Society epidemiologist, the lead researcher.
Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer Incidence and Mortality in a Large US Cohort(1)
The study’s methodology examined the following:
• The association between vasectomy and prostate cancer mortality among 363,726 men in the Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II) cohort, of whom 7,451 died as a result of prostate cancer during the follow-up period from 1982 to 2012.
• The association between vasectomy and prostate cancer incidence among 66,542 men in the CPS-II Nutrition Cohort, a subgroup of the CPS-II cohort, of whom 9,133 were diagnosed with prostate cancer during follow-up from 1992 to 2011.
As concluded in the article, Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer Incidence and Mortality in a Large US Cohort, “results from these large prospective cohorts do not support associations of vasectomy with either prostate cancer incidence or prostate cancer mortality.”(1)
For years, as a urologist specializing in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer, I have advised my vasectomy patients that there is no likely relationship between having a vasectomy and developing prostate cancer. Am I confident about what I have said? Yes – I chose a No Needle No Scalpel Vasectomy for myself!
Every year, more than 500,000 men have vasectomies in the United States. For many men, it’s reassuring to know that there is no chance of an unwanted pregnancy. For couples, it’s comforting to realize that a vasectomy is far safer, less painful and less expensive than a tubal ligation. In my practice, we specialize in the No Needle No Scalpel Vasectomy. It’s a procedure that uses no painful needles and no sharp scalpels, takes 15 minutes to perform and let’s men resume most activities within 48 hours. (View what other men have to say about their vasectomy.)
If you have been considering a vasectomy procedure and have been putting it off because of fears of increasing your risk of prostate cancer, you can now rest at ease with the information provided in this latest medical study!
If your family is complete or you don’t wish to have children, schedule your No Needle No Scalpel Vasectomy today at one of our three offices in Beverly Hills, Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach.. Online consultations are available!
1 “Vasectomy and Prostate Cancer Incidence and Mortality in a Large US Cohort”, Eric J. Jacobs, Rebecca L. Anderson, Victoria L. Stevens, Christina C. Newton, Ted Gansler and Susan Gapstur, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sept. 15, 2016, JCO.2015.66.2361.abstract