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Can testosterone therapy worsen prostate cancer?

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Testosterone can stimulate prostate cancer to grow. Most experts recommend screening for prostate cancer before starting testosterone replacement. Men with prostate cancer or elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) should probably avoid testosterone treatment.

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Drugs.com: "Androderm Side Effects."

Swerdloff, R. , 2000. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Striant.com.

Wilson, J. , 1980. American Journal of Medicine

Bhasin, S. , 2006. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Drugs.com: "Androderm Side Effects."

Swerdloff, R. , 2000. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Striant.com.

Wilson, J. , 1980. American Journal of Medicine

Bhasin, S. , 2006. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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