Smoking cannabis may increase risk of testicular cancer. Those using cannabis on at least a weekly basis had two and a half times greater odds of developing a non-seminoma TGCT (testicular germ cell tumours) compared to those who never used cannabis.
February 08, 2009
Marijuana may raise testicular cancer risk: study
Marijuana use may increase the risk of developing testicular cancer, in particular a more aggressive form of the disease, according to a U.S. study published on Monday.
The study of 369 Seattle-area men ages 18 to 44 with testicular cancer and 979 men in the same age bracket without the disease found that current marijuana users were 70 percent more likely to develop it compared to nonusers.
The risk appeared to be highest among men who had reported smoking marijuana for at least 10 years, used it more than once a week or started using it before age 18, the researchers wrote in the journal Cancer….
About 8,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with testicular cancer per year, and there are about 140,000 U.S. men alive who have survived the disease, the group said….(Full Story)
See also (off-site):
- Testicular cancer (Mayo Clinic)
- Smoking Marijuana Tied to Testicular Cancer (WebMD)
- Cannabis exposure and risk of testicular cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)