Does Getting A Vasectomy Cause Prostate Cancer?

father and son outsideWhile the idea of getting “snipped” is painful for some men to even think about, actually having a vasectomy may lead to more than just temporary pain.  Findings from a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology show that men who have the surgery have increased risk for fatal prostate cancer.

For 24 years (1986-2010), Harvard researchers tracked the health of 49, 405 U.S. men between the ages of 40 and 75. One in four men in the study reported having a vasectomy. More than 6,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, with 811 fatal cases, during the study.

The men who had vasectomies had a 20 percent increased risk for developing the most aggressive form of prostate cancer and likewise, a 19 percent raised risk of death.

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Black Men & Prostate Cancer

Black men are two times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than Caucasian men and 2.5 times more likely than them to die from the disease.