Male Health and Sexual Performance Enhancement Information
Information for Guys on Sex, Love, Dating, Health & Money
 "Testosterone Supplements and Prostate Cancer"

Men's Health > Testosterone > Supplements

Testosterone Supplements

Men who take testosterone supplements should be screened regularly for prostate cancer, according to a report published in The Journal of Urology.

Testosterone is a male hormone produced mainly by the testes. Since it is known to stimulate the growth of some prostate cancers, effective treatments for prostate cancer include suppression of testosterone levels by surgical removal of the testes or treatment with testosterone-lowering drugs. Given this link between testosterone and prostate cancer, there is interest in understanding whether use of testosterone supplements to treat sexual dysfunction or for “rejuvenation” increases a man’s risk of prostate cancer. This is a particularly important question for older men, who are the most likely to receive testosterone supplements and most likely to have undetected prostate cancer that could be stimulated by testosterone.

To describe the characteristics of prostate cancer in men taking testosterone, researchers reviewed 20 cases of prostate cancer that developed among men undergoing testosterone therapy. A majority of these cancers developed during the first two years on testosterone, and roughly one-third developed in the first year. Prostate cancer was detected by abnormalities in both prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and findings on digital-rectal exam (DRE) in 40% of men, by abnormal DRE alone in 35% of men, and by elevated PSA alone in 25% of men.

Screening for prostate cancer before treatment with testosterone varied across patients. All of the men who received their testosterone prescription from a urologist were screened for prostate cancer with PSA and DRE before starting testosterone. Of the men who received their testosterone prescription from another type of doctor, 75% had a PSA test, but only 25% had a DRE before starting testosterone.

Based on this review of 20 patients who developed prostate cancer while taking testosterone supplements, the researchers recommend that PSA testing and DRE be performed frequently during testosterone treatment. Because this report describes only men who developed prostate cancer while on testosterone, without providing information about men who did not develop prostate cancer while on testosterone, it is not possible to draw conclusions from this study about whether, and by how much, testosterone supplements increase the risk of prostate cancer.

But given a plausible link between testosterone and prostate cancer, men who take testosterone supplements may wish to talk with their doctor about their prostate cancer risk and the recommended frequency of prostate cancer screening. Additional studies are underway to better understand the link (if any) between testosterone supplementation and risk of prostate cancer.

Drew Voight

  Related Articles
Xenoestrogens
Andropause Symptoms
DHEA and Testosterone
Testosterone Booster
Natural Testosterone Supplements
Androgen Deficiency
DHEA
Male Midlife Crisis
Equi-Bolan
Dermagain
Androstederm
Andropause
Andropause Research
Androgel
Hormone imbalance
Hormone Replacement
Male PMS
Real Testosterone
Male Menopause
Testosterone Options
Testosterone Level
Prescription Testosterone
Depo Testosterone
Testosterone enhancers
Testosterone supplements
Testosterone cream
Cream application
Testosterone Deficiency
Deficiency help
Testosterone gel
Testosterone patch
More information on Testosterone
  Resources
Layman's Steroid Guide
How to use anabolic steroids safely and effectively and get maximum gains in the shortest possible time.


Men's Health
Meet our staff and suggest topics.

Male Enhancement Help
All of our articles archived.
  Recommended Sites
Testosterone
Digital Urology Journal

Testosterone deficiency
Urology channel information

  Better Sex Tips
Sign-up for our newsletter and get all the bedroom tips you'll need to make her happy.

We guarantee NEVER to sell or rent your e-mail address.
Subscribe
Un-Subscribe
  Tell Others About Us
Let Your Friends Know Tell them about this article by sending them a secure private message from you!
  Syndicate our content


Add to My Yahoo!
  Steroid Info
"If you want to cut through the crap and complicated scientific explanations that no one can understand, and get real, hard hitting, 100% useful anabolic steroids knowledge, explained in "layman's terms", then this may be the most important information you will ever read. Click Here"

Testosterone | Low Testosterone | Real Testosterone | Replacement Therapy | Testosterone Patches
Testosterone Gels | Male Menopause | Increasing Testosterone Levels | Androgen Deficiency | Low Testosterone Symptoms
Male Hormone Replacement Therapy | Low Testosterone Level
© 2005 4 Men's health. All Rights Reserved.