The new studies have proven that infertility in men is connected with double risks of having cancer and the men who don’t generate enough sperm may have even worse risks.
The University School of Medicine (located in Stanford) has lately claimed that men lacking normal amount of sperm when ejaculating are at a bigger risk of having cancer (the risk is almost two times higher than speaking of healthy men). This way, there’s a conclusion that infertility in men doesn’t only deprive them the chance to reproduce themselves, but they may even lose their life, which doesn’t sound optimistic at all.
Investigations regarding cancer and azoospermia connection
2238 men took part in the investigation. No one underwent vasectomy, 451 had a diagnosis called azoospermia, which means steady lack of sperm.
Scientific observations that started in 1995 and lasted through 2009 demonstrated that 29 men later were diagnosed to have cancer, which meant 12 more cases that in the common population. The chances rose two times for men who experienced azoospermia in comparison with non-azoospermic men, which is curious.
Data analysis has shown that the tendency is even more severe in young men. The highest risk was at men under 30 (they have a risk which is eight times higher than regularly), and whereas the age was increasing, the risk on the contrary was going down. In general, infertile men had almost two times higher risk of having cancer than the healthy ones. Men experiencing azoospermia had a risk which was 1.9 times higher in comparison with fertile men.
The chief author Michael Eisenberg, who has PhD, MD, and is a current urology faculty member, responsible for male fertility treatment and operations in Stanford declared that the man who has an azoospermia has a threat of cancer which is equal to that of a male 10 years older.
The connection between type of cancer to appear and infertility in men isn’t yet important when speaking of statistics, but the diagnoses represented the following types of cancer that has a tendency to occur: stomach neoplasms, brain, prostate, melanoma, cancer of the testicles and small intestine, lymphoma. The studies introduced before have revealed the evident relationship between the cancer of testicles and infertility in men.
The study described above is the first one to show the connection between infertility and cancer. The next medical investigations have a goal of proving the effectiveness of frequent check-ups of azoospermic men on having cancer.
The member of Mount Sinai Medical Center (located in New York), Natan Bar-Chama, who has MD, and is responsible for male fertility treatment and operations said that all he wants to get from that study is the following: in case the certain couple experiences infertility, and the roots of an issue are in male infertility, the needed investigation has to be done in order to exclude any other medical concerns. He also added that the main aim of the clinic is fertility in women and due to the right kind of treatment the pregnancy becomes a probably thing. But at the same time, he noticed that male infertility isn’t taken care of with such scrupulousness. The effective technologies lead to bypassing men when investigating the couples’ condition.
What is azoospermia: detailed information about the condition
There are four million of infertile Americans, and roughly fifteen percent of them are aged from 15 to 45. There is about one percent among all fertile men (and in numbers it is 600 000 men) who are at the same time infertile and experience azoospermia. The main triggers of such condition are divided into two kinds: obstructive and non-obstructive. The first kind is connected with prevention the normal sperm flow to ejaculate, so to say, it is some sort of a blockage. The second kind has to deal with the lack of sperm production in the testicles and this is probably connected with genetic disorders.
The diagnosis “azoospermia” may be the final word of a doctor only after the patient undergoes two evaluations. Their parts are detailed physical check-up, transrectal ultrasound and investigations that have to be done in the lab.
The most widespread modification of condition, azoospermia in testicles, remains constant unfortunately. If we deal with slighter forms of azoospermia, for instance pre- and post-testicular type, the treatment is possible and may be quite successful when done in a proper way.
The most effective ways to treat the condition include an operation or treatment with antibiotics. If the infertile couple desires to have a baby, the solution for a man experiencing obstructive kind of azoospermia is to extract the sperm and using the artificial treatment (assisted reproductive technology) to inject it into the woman’s egg.
Anyway, Bar-Chama marks that risks of developing cancer may stay even after the infertility has been cured. He draws the patients’ attention to the fact that infertility treatment doesn’t let you avoid infertility problems, but assists the reproduction and helps to overcome the issues connected with childlessness. However, it doesn’t reduce the risks of cancer development.