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Does a vasectomy make prostate cancer more likely?

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The research on this is mixed. The American Cancer Society says that some studies have suggested that men who have vasectomies may be slightly more likely than other men to get prostate cancer, but that other studies haven’t found such a link.

The most current findings show that a vasectomy does not raise a man's risk of getting prostate cancer, and that this concern should not be a reason to avoid having one.

From: Vasectomy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Male Sterilization.”

Beaumont Health System: “Vasectomy.”

American Cancer Society: “What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 9, 2019

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Male Sterilization.”

Beaumont Health System: “Vasectomy.”

American Cancer Society: “What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 9, 2019

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