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Vasectomy is not linked to raised risk of prostate cancer, study finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 20 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5080
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Men who have a vasectomy show no increased risk of developing or dying from prostate cancer, two large US cohort studies have shown.1

A previous prospective study suggested a 10% increased risk of prostate cancer with vasectomy and an even higher risk of high grade and lethal prostate cancer,2 but other studies have shown no association.

The new studies, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, looked …

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