Dr. Dawn Ericsson, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. E’s Health Update: Testosterone and Prostate Cancer

No evidence supports a link between testosterone therapy and the onset of prostate cancer.

Hi friends, 

Two words no man wants to hear: prostate cancer.  In recent years the relationship between testosterone therapy and prostate cancer has been a topic of extensive research and debate. While early theories suggested a potential link between testosterone levels and the development of prostate cancer, current evidence does not support a direct causative relationship between testosterone therapy and the onset of prostate cancer. 

It is crucial to understand that the use of testosterone therapy in men with existing prostate cancer or at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer is a complex issue that requires careful consideration and monitoring by healthcare professionals.

Here are some key points to consider regarding testosterone therapy and prostate cancer:

Individualized Risk Assessment:
Before initiating testosterone therapy, healthcare providers should conduct a thorough evaluation of a patient's medical history, including any risk factors for prostate cancer. This assessment helps identify individuals who may not be suitable candidates for testosterone therapy.
Monitoring and Regular Screening:
Men undergoing testosterone therapy should be closely monitored through regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and digital rectal examinations (DREs) to detect any potential signs of prostate abnormalities. These tests can help identify any changes in the prostate that may require further investigation.
Existing Prostate Cancer:
Testosterone therapy is generally not recommended for men with a history of prostate cancer. If prostate cancer is present, increasing testosterone levels may potentially stimulate the growth of the cancer cells, leading to disease progression.
Balancing Benefits and Risks:
For men with low testosterone levels and clinical symptoms of hypogonadism, the benefits and risks of testosterone therapy should be carefully considered. The decision to initiate testosterone therapy should be based on a thorough understanding of the individual's health status and the potential risks associated with the treatment.

Men considering testosterone therapy should consult with a qualified healthcare provider, such as the professionals at AgeRejuvenation, who can provide personalized guidance and recommend appropriate, individualized treatment options. Regular follow-up appointments and adherence to the recommended screening protocols are essential for the save and effective use of testosterone therapy.

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