New Study Links Low Testosterone Levels to Cancer in Men

November 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm


A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that aging men with cancer have lower levels of testosterone than those without cancer, according to an Oct. 25 Reuters Health article.

For the new study, researchers tested more than 400 men with cancers that were unrelated to testosterone. Nearly half the men had total testosterone levels below 300 nanograms per deciliter. The researchers didn’t compare the men to a control group, but note that all other studies of men without cancer have found some percentage with lowered testosterone levels, but far less than half.

Dwindling levels of the male sex hormone were tied to sexual problems as well as decreased physical and emotional wellbeing, they report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Categories: Age Management, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hormones, Latest Aging Process, Sex Drive.

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