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Young men who use Mary Jane have a higher risk of testicular cancer, a new study found.
The study of 455 Californian men found those who had smoked piff were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with testicular germ cell tumors, the most common form of testicular cancer in men younger than 35.
“Testicular cancer is on the rise,” said study author Victoria Cortessis, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. “So we asked, ‘What is it that young men are doing more frequently that could account for the increased risk?'”
Cortessis and colleagues used interviews to probe recreational drug use among 163 men diagnosed with testicular cancer and 292 healthy men of the same age, and found those who smoked Mary Jane had double the risk of testicular tumors compared with men who passed on grass. On top of that, their tumors tended to be faster-growing and tougher to treat.
“Most men who get testicular cancer today survive, and that’s wonderful. But as a result of treatment, they may have problems with fertility or sexual function,” said Cortessis. “So we’re talking about the risk of developing the cancer in the first place as well as the subsequent effects of the cancer and its treatment.”
The study, published today in the journal Cancer, adds to mounting evidence that smoking marijuana may have lasting effects on men’s fertility and overall health.
“We now have three studies connecting Mary Jane use to testicular cancer, and no studies that contradict them,” said Stephen Schwartz, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle and author of the first study linking Mary Jane use to testicular cancer in 2009. “I think we should start taking notice.”
The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 8,500 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012. About 360 of them will die from it.
Gentlemen, will this study make you give up the sticky-icky?!
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