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Does a Vasectomy Cause Prostate Cancer?

Dr Pazona talking about vasectomies
May 26, 2022

There’s a lot of other myths about vasectomies, including an association with prostate cancer. And if you look at the studies, they find a correlation, not a causation. So let me just briefly explain that.

So, in order to get diagnosed with prostate cancer, you have to start at the age of 50, go to a doctor, request a blood test called a PSA, then get sent to a urologist and go through an uncomfortable prostate biopsy. Since prostate cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms, that’s how we diagnose the large majority of prostate cancers in this country.

Well, who’s most likely to go through all those steps? The same guy who had a vasectomy 20 years ago, because he’s engaged with his health, has health insurance and understands who a urologist is, they found similar correlations between people buying name brand toothpaste, and dementia.

If you buy name brand toothpaste, you probably make enough money, you have health insurance, and to get diagnosed with dementia, you gotta go see a doctor. So all the people who are just the crazy old uncles who live off the grid, they don’t get diagnosed with dementia. They also don’t get vasectomies or are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

But there is zero risk of developing prostate cancer because of the vasectomy. That tube’s only job is to stop sperm from going to the fluid. None of that affects the overall health of the prostate.

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