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If testosterone levels are low, can this cause prostatic carcinoma?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

We used to think that testosterone caused prostate cancer, there is no evidence that normal or low levels are associated with increased risk.
However, low levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, bone loss, loss of muscle, increased fat accumulation, moodiness and a lower feeling of well being. Men with prostate cancer may be treated with medication to lower testosterone.

In brief: No

We used to think that testosterone caused prostate cancer, there is no evidence that normal or low levels are associated with increased risk.
However, low levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, bone loss, loss of muscle, increased fat accumulation, moodiness and a lower feeling of well being. Men with prostate cancer may be treated with medication to lower testosterone.
Dr. Robert Lang
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Dr. Jesse Mills
Recent study from France shows men with low Testosterone do have a higher incidence of prostate cancer and it's more aggressive.
Dr. Robert Lang
Association is not causation. Men with chronic stress, illness or depression tend to have lower testosterone. If low testosterone 'caused' prostate cancer then testosterone should prevent prostate cancer. There is no evidence for this.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No…but

It is not felt that testosterone (t) is the cause of prostate cancer but rather is the fuel source an established prostate cancer takes advantage of.
Interestingly, high t levels may be protective from pc while low levels may lead to more aggressive forms of pc. This is because the low level of t may mask a pc for many years thus making the presentation 'later'. Low t is a bad thing imho.

In brief: No…but

It is not felt that testosterone (t) is the cause of prostate cancer but rather is the fuel source an established prostate cancer takes advantage of.
Interestingly, high t levels may be protective from pc while low levels may lead to more aggressive forms of pc. This is because the low level of t may mask a pc for many years thus making the presentation 'later'. Low t is a bad thing imho.
Dr. Steven Tucker
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Prostate cancer cannot be caused by either low or high testosterone levels.
Low testosterone can suppress prostate cancer cells and high testosterone, usually from exogenous sources, may stimulate preexisting prostate cancer.

In brief: No

Prostate cancer cannot be caused by either low or high testosterone levels.
Low testosterone can suppress prostate cancer cells and high testosterone, usually from exogenous sources, may stimulate preexisting prostate cancer.
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