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Lower testosterone levels reduce prostate cancer risk

Texas residents may be interested to learn that men who produce abnormally low amounts of testosterone may be less likely to develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives. According to a study, this is because male hormones, like testosterone, are known to promote tumor cell growth.

About 170,000 men in the United States are affected by prostate cancer every year. Of these individuals, approximately 30,000 die as a result of the cancer. While there are some known risk factors, which include ethnicity, age and genetic mutations, it is still not known what actually causes the disease. One theory is the androgen saturation model, which suggests that prostate tissue needs a specific amount of testosterone to grow regardless of whether the tissue is malignant or benign.

Participants involved in a recent study were aged 34 to 76 years old. The study utilized blood samples that were collected between 1959 and 2004. Researchers found that men who had low testosterone levels were less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had normal testosterone levels. On the other hand, researchers discovered that those who had low testosterone levels but still ended up developing prostate cancer were 65 percent more likely to develop an aggressive form.

Even if patients have a decreased risk of developing certain cancers or other conditions, the failure to diagnose the conditions in these individuals could result in severe consequences. In some cases, a delayed diagnosis could result in serious harm and poorer prognosis, especially if cancer is involved. A medical malpractice attorney may provide counseling for those who have experienced harm. If there is evidence of malpractice, the attorney may be able to put a case together utilizing testimony from other professionals. The attorney might work to seek compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment for life, among other damages.

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