Does testosterone cause cancer?
In the world of the internet, with its lack of oversight, rumors get bigger as they drag on over time, and health-related exaggerations are frequent.
The rumor connecting prostate cancer and testosterone has been passed around for a long time. While there has been no definitive connection proven over decades of study, the speculation and claims persist.
When we talk about health, it’s always important to stay on top of the facts.
Does Testosterone Cause Cancer? — Experts Doubt It
In a comprehensive review of the research results concerning prostate cancer and testosterone, the journal of European Urology concluded:
“This historical perspective reveals that there is not now—nor has there ever been—a scientific basis for the belief that T causes pCA to grow. Discarding this modern myth will allow exploration of alternative hypotheses regarding the relationship of T and pCA that may be clinically and scientifically rewarding.”
(You can read the full article on cancer and testosterone here.)
In other words, the research doesn’t support the rumors, and these experts are wondering why we still falsely believe a link exists.
According to this New York Times article, researchers have now concluded testosterone deprivation therapies are mostly ineffective, which continues to weaken the link between testosterone and prostate cancer.
Does Testosterone Cause Cancer? — Maintaining Proper Levels
Let’s try to sum all this up.
Cancer is a serious illness, and rumors and concerns swirl around its connection to testosterone levels that are either too high or too low.
The whole point of TRT is to keep your testosterone levels within a normal range, as much as possible, throughout the week.
We make sure to monitor your levels carefully on a regular basis, usually every 90 days.
There is not a dose of testosterone that is right for everyone, and we check our work regularly to see that the dose you’re receiving results in optimum testosterone levels for your body.
This should provide some peace of mind, knowing that you don’t fall into either possible “risk” group — neither above or below the optimum range.
Does Testosterone Cause Cancer? — Let’s Talk About Detection
We know that early detection is a powerful weapon against cancer, particularly prostate cancer.
When you receive testosterone replacement therapy here at TCT, we start off your treatment by checking various markers in your blood.
Then, your blood is checked routinely (typically every 90 days) for any abnormalities.
One of the tests we conduct is called a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Velocity test. Its purpose is to track changes over time.
In addition, we use a variety of other panels to ensure that your testosterone maintenance dose is agreeing with your body and no new abnormalities develop.
This constant monitoring for changes in the blood drastically increases the likelihood of discovering any early warning signs of cancer.
Though there might be some concerns (which are not fully substantiated by current research) about testosterone and cancer, either high or low, we believe far more pre-existing cases have been detected and treated in men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.
Does Testosterone Cause Cancer? — We’d Love to Answer Any Questions
So, does testosterone cause cancer?
We believe there is no definitive evidence linking TRT and prostate cancer.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone, we believe you can get relief with TRT, all while maintaining peace of mind about the rumored risks.
Your TRT experience with Testosterone Centers of Texas is about improving your health and providing the highest possible quality of life, and TRT can be part of a balanced health-improvement plan with many overall benefits.
If you are wondering if TRT is right for you, but still have some reservations about prostate cancer and testosterone, we’d be happy to discuss your concerns at a free consult. Just click the button below to schedule.