By: Dr. Gary Bellman on June 25, 2013
Should infertile young men seek cancer screening? Not necessarily…
Among recent studies conducted from men experiencing the absence of sperm(azoospermia)
, has suggested that this group of men to be at a higher risk of cancer, but it’s unclear if more intense screening would be helpful. Reproductive-aged men in their 20s-40s often times do not have primary care doctors or really ever visit a doctor–seeing a physician about fertility may be the first time they seek healthcare.
Approximately, 15 percent among 4 million men, ranging 15-45 years of age are infertile
. Of these, some 600,000 (an estimated 15 percent) are azoospermic
. The studies have established that for some of these men, the cause may be because of a genetic deficiency.
Men diagnosed as azoospermic before the age of 30 appear to have a particularly pronounced cancer risk compared with their same-aged peers. This particular study advices young men who’ve been diagnosed as azoospermic to be aware of their heightened risk and make sure to get periodic check-ups with that in mind.