Reader’s Questions: I read your article last week on how testosterone isn’t bad for your heart. But I’ve also heard that supplementing with testosterone can give you prostate cancer. Is that true?
Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: I feel like I’ve spent a good chunk of my career debunking myths about testosterone. And this is one I run into all the time.
So does testosterone give you prostate cancer? No, no, and no.
The mainstream has been trying to establish this link for years. But they can’t seem to explain why we get prostate cancer when we’re older and our testosterone levels are actually dropping.
A major analysis out of France last year looked at 18 different studies on testosterone and prostate cancer. And they couldn’t find ANY evidence that testosterone causes cancer… or that it even increases your PSA score.
Another study out of the University of Texas found no relationship between testosterone and prostate cancer growth. And they even looked at men who’ve had prostate cancer.
As I’ve said before, some of these misperceptions about testosterone date back to small and even incomplete studies from the 1940s that probably couldn’t get published today.
I’ve been using testosterone in my own practice for ages to help men feel younger and more vibrant than they have in years. It’s just a shame that so many of my mainstream colleagues continue to deny men this important therapy – especially based on notions that have been soundly disproven.
Thanks for all the great questions. Remember, you can send me yours at firstname.lastname@example.orgWishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Meta-analysis: Testosterone Is Not a Risk for Prostate Cancer, But…, medscape.com/viewarticle/844907
Destroying the Myth About Testosterone Replacement and Prostate Cancer, lifeextension.com/magazine/2008/12/destroying-the-myth-about-testosterone-replacement-prostate-cancer/page-01