According to the most recent information, testosterone replacement therapy does not increase the risk of prostate cancer.
There are a lot of myths and confusing information about the benefits and risks associated with Testosterone Therapy for men. One persistent perception is that testosterone therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer.
This misconception, which has been supported by many conventional medical practitioners, is largely based on a very old study done by a Dr. Charles Huggins in the 1940s.
Dr. Huggins’ research indicated that in a small sampling of men who had advanced prostate cancer, castration (total removal of the ability to produce testosterone) inhibited tumor growth, while administration of testosterone promoted tumor growth. This observation became the standard of care for “androgen deprivation therapy” (ADT) in men with prostate cancer, for over 70 years, despite the fact that there has been very little clinical evidence since, to back up his findings.
It is important to point out two things about Dr. Huggins’ and subsequent research that support ADT. One, of course, is that his research is very old, predating more modern investigative techniques. And two, and most importantly, these results and indications, even if valid, only apply to men already diagnosed with prostate cancer. For them, decreasing exposure to testosterone, may help control the spread of their disease.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Does Not Cause Cancer in Otherwise Healthy Men
There has never, ever been one study to indicate that testosterone replacement therapy in otherwise healthy males could “cause” prostate cancer.
In fact, the results of a five year study observing many thousands of men was recently published, in which the researchers concluded, “Our findings suggest that the incidence of prostate cancer in patients on T-therapy was not greater than in the general population.
To date, there is no convincing evidence that T-therapy is a risk factor for Prostate Cancer. Thus, fears that Testosterone Replacement Therapy causes Prostate Cancer may not be justified. In fact, the incidence of prostate cancer in the testosterone treated men, was far less than that detected in general screening trials.”
What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
As the name implies, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or simply testosterone therapy, is designed to replace what time and nature takes away.
The safest and most effective type of testosterone therapy uses bioidentical hormone. Bioidentical hormones, as opposed to synthetic hormones, are exact molecular duplicates of the ones produced by your body.
Testosterone therapy may sometimes be combined with other hormone replacement therapies, such as growth hormone therapies. Growth hormone therapy, and/or testosterone therapy, is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
How Do I Know If I Have Low Testosterone?
You produce testosterone throughout your entire life. In fact, male babies even start to produce testosterone in the womb! Most men hit their peak testosterone in the late teens, or early 20s, and then its starts a slow decline from there. By the time any man reaches his 70s, you can expect that your testosterone level, and your ability to produce testosterone, will be about half of what it was in your 20s.
For some men, the decrease in production has little effect. But for many men, as you hit your 50s, 60s and older, you may actually start to feel the impact of the reduced level, experiencing low testosterone or “Low-T.”
Symptoms of Low-T include reduction of libido or sex drive, a feeling of reduced virility or vitality, changes in mood, erectile dysfunction, decreased energy, reduced muscle and bone mass, and memory issues.
If you are between the ages of 35 and 55, and experiencing some or all of these symptoms, or you just do not feel like the man you once were or want to be, you may be suffering from Low-t, and could benefit from testosterone therapy.
The most accurate way to evaluate your hormone levels is with a blood test. Although saliva swab tests are used by some healthcare providers, blood tests provide a much more accurate result, and are the best way to determine whether Testosterone Therapy is medically indicated.
However the only way to know is with sophisticated laboratory testing to determine whether your hormone levels are normal or have become deficient.
Remember, what is normal for you, may be different for someone else, and that is why our testosterone replacement doctors only use the latest in diagnostic tools to determine the best HRT treatment plan that is the most appropriate for your individual needs.
Why not contact our offices today, and ask about a free consultation to see if hormone replacement therapy is right for you!