Dr. Kavoussi goes on air with KLBJ to discuss muscle building supplements association with testicular cancer in young men.
Dr. Parviz Kavoussi recently went on air on KLBJ with Perry Watson to discuss a recent study associating muscle building supplements with testicular cancer in young men. As the gym culture has exploded in the United States, more young men are using body building supplements. A recent study published in the British Journal of Cancer revealed that men who use muscle building supplements, especially those containing creatine or andrestendione, may have up to 65% increased risk of developing testicular cancer. The risk seems to be most significant in men below the age of 25 who used multiple kinds of muscle building supplements, and for longer periods of time. Although this is not a cause-effect type of study, it certainly raises concern. There has been a great deal of worry about such supplements having an impact on testicular function and fertility but this is the first study suggesting an impact on the development of testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common solid cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 39. Men should do testicular self-examinations in a warm shower monthly and they should notify a doctor if they feel an abnormality.