Vasectomy and the risk of prostate cancer.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


The Journal of urology, Volume 180, Issue 6, p.2565-7; discussion 2567-8 (2008)


2008, Adult, Aged, Case-Control Studies, Center-Authored Paper, Epidemiology Core Facility, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Prostatic Neoplasms, Public Health Sciences Division, Risk Factors, Shared Resources, Vasectomy


While the weight of evidence shows no association overall between vasectomy and prostate cancer, there has been some suggestion that an association may exist in subgroups, such as men who have a family history of prostate cancer, men who undergo vasectomy at a younger age or when several decades have passed since the procedure. Studies of risk with long latency periods have been hampered by small sample sizes in subgroups since vasectomy only became widely used in the 1960s and generally prostate cancer has a long latency period.