No Sperm? You Might Have a Higher Risk of Cancer

June 24, 2013  |  

A new study finds that men who don’t produce sperm have a higher risk of cancer, reports NBC. This is bad news for a lot of men, since about 15 percent of men between ages 15 and 45 face infertility and 600,000 of those men are azoospermatic.

Men who didn’t produce sperm have an even higher risk of cancer than men who are infertile for other reasons. According to Dr. Michael Eisenberg, the leader of the study, “There is evidence that infertility may be a barometer for men’s overall health.” Infertile men have a cancer risk 1.7 times that of the rest of the population. An azoospermatic man has a risk of cancer that’s in line with man 10 years older; those men were three times more likely to develop cancer than the general population. These men developed man different types of cancer, from stomach cancer to lung cancer to brain tumors. However, the news wasn’t all bad:

Luckily, the absolute risk of cancer was low. And as the men got older, the cancer risk grew lower.

Doctors say the study results indicate that what causes infertility in men also seems related to cancer.

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