Marijuana Use May Increase Risk of Testicular Cancer

Male pot smokers beware: Your seemingly harmless habit may be increasing your risk of developing the most dangerous forms of testicular cancer.

A new study, published Monday on the website of the medical journal Cancer, reports that men who have testicular cancer are twice as likely to have smoked marijuana before they were diagnosed than control subjects. The association existed only for non-seminomas, the more dangerous form of testicular cancer that is harder to treat.

In the study, carried out in Los Angeles, a team of researchers enrolled 163 men who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer between 1986 and 1991. They also recruited a larger group of control subjects who were matched to the patients on such characteristics as age, ethnicity, and what L.A. neighborhood the subjects lived in at the time they were diagnosed — a localized approach to controlling for socioeconomic status.

The researchers, led by Victoria Cortessis of the University of Southern California, quizzed the participants on a range of medical and lifestyle factors, including drug use. They found that marijuana use before they were diagnosed was linked to a two-fold increase in testicular cancer risk.

Even with this increased risk, the likelihood of developing testicular cancer remains relatively low: According to the American Cancer Society, a normal man’s likelihood of developing the disease is about one in 270. The risk of dying from the disease is even lower, at one in 5,000

– Read the entire article at Newsday.

Comments

10 Comments

  1. ghetto_regs on

    I’ve been smoking cannabis for 29 years and my testicles are just fine. They’re just hangin’ out and stayin’ cool.

  2. Rider on

    They aren’t even pretending there is any science behind this one. I’ll bet that an even higher percentage of them drank coffee so clearly coffee causes testicular cancer. I guess they figure they can tell anything to the brainwashed sheeple who believe anything they are told by mainstream media. All this can do is possibly stop a non-user who is already against marijuana from changing their minds.

  3. Paul Pot on

    I appreciate your sentiments but please consider the reason an activists organization would post an article like this.
    Primarily so everyone concerned can discuss it. This posting lets you know what is going on out there in the world and gives you an opportunity to answer it.
    You can follow the link provided to the source of the article and often leave a comment there or write a letter to the editor.
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  4. Paul Pot on

    I appreciate your sentiments but please consider the reason an activists organization would post an article like this.
    Primarily so everyone concerned can discuss it. This posting lets you know what is going on out there in the world and gives you an opportunity to answer it.
    You can follow the link provided to the source of the article and often leave a comment there or write a letter to the editor.
    This is a great way to get people to respond to these ridiculous claims that are so obviously very poor attempts at influencing the vote this year.
    Responses from the public give a good indication of the general public sentiment and when thoughtful can educate and enlighten others.
    There is great power in the written word.

  5. Paul Pot on

    I appreciate your sentiments but please consider the reason an activists organization would post an article like this.
    Primarily so everyone concerned can discuss it. This posting lets you know what is going on out there in the world and gives you an opportunity to answer it.
    You can follow the link provided to the source of the article and often leave a comment there or write a letter to the editor.
    This is a great way to get people to respond to these ridiculous claims that are so obviously very poor attempts at influencing the vote this year.
    Responses from the public give a good indication of the general public sentiment and when thoughtful can educate and enlighten others.
    There is great power in the written word.

  6. cliff on

    This study only shows that the number of cannabis users is much higher than expected. You would have the same result if you polled lawyers. Would that mean people who smoke cannabis will become lawyers, of course not.

  7. Anonymous on

    Wow I never thought the prohibitionists H bomb Against the legalization Movement (coming out less than 2 months before The U.S elections) would be printed here…..the study is extremely flawed and doesn’t actually show a correlation between pot use and ball cancer…The only reason this rancid spew is being shit out into the world wide media right now is obvious… with how long cannabis has been used on the earth we would of noticed if twice as many of us had our balls rotting off and killing us by now!

  8. Anonymous on

    Wow I never thought the prohibitionists H bomb Against the legalization Movement (coming out less than 2 months before The U.S elections) would be printed here…..the study is extremely flawed and doesn’t actually show a correlation between pot use and ball cancer…The only reason this rancid spew is being shit out into the world wide media right now is obvious… with how long cannabis has been used on the earth we would of noticed if twice of many of us had our balls rotting off and killing us by now!