Prostate Cancer and Male Infertility – What you should know

Infertile men were found to be were found to be 2.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer compared to fertile men according to a recent study published in this month’s Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Cancer Society.

Don’t jump to any conclusions. The study did NOT show that infertile men were at higher risk of prostate cancer compared with fertile men. What they found is that infertile men who developed prostate cancer had a more aggressive type compared to fertile men.

What should we do with these results? Men – go to your doctor for your routine prostate screening exam – and if you’ve gone through fertility treatments – you shouldn’t miss those appointments and you may consider starting earlier.

You can access the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20309846?dopt=Abstract

Hope this helps.