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Testosterone: Cancer Threat?

Thursday, 08 November 2012 10:19 AM

Question: I’m a man in my 60s who is considering taking testosterone supplements in the cream form. However, prostate cancer runs in my family. Both my father and one of my brothers had it. My PSA looks good. Is there any risk with the testosterone for me?

Dr. Cwynar's answer:
The cancer debate regarding testosterone goes back and forth. The latest belief is that testosterone does NOT create prostate cancer. It can however be a useful tool in revealing existing prostate cancer. If there are cancer cells present, the addition of testosterone will increase the reading of an otherwise normal PSA test, "unveiling" the cancer's presence.

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