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Marijuana Use Tied to Testicular Cancer Risk
ABC News ^ | KATIE MOISSE

Posted on 11/16/2012 3:17:57 PM PST by nickcarraway

Young men who use marijuana have a higher risk of testicular cancer, a new study found.

The study of 455 Californian men found those who had smoked pot 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 marijuana 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."

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1 posted on 11/16/2012 3:18:02 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A little testy today?


2 posted on 11/16/2012 3:24:10 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: nickcarraway

Now they need to tie it’s use to breast cancer and maybe it’s appeal will fade!


3 posted on 11/16/2012 3:25:52 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nickcarraway

Not a good news day for pot smokers. First Twinkies go extinct now this.


4 posted on 11/16/2012 3:26:40 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: nickcarraway

Correlation does not equal causation.


5 posted on 11/16/2012 3:26:58 PM PST by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway

The only cure is prohibition./s


6 posted on 11/16/2012 3:26:59 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: TruthWillWin

Don’t forget the left-led Papa John’s boycott!


7 posted on 11/16/2012 3:28:12 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway
Most of the dopers I have met were not exactly ladies men. Or men's men, for that matter. They were content to drift around in their own little hazy world.

That said, I still think we should make it legal. Protecting them from themselves is costs me too much, in both money and freedom.

8 posted on 11/16/2012 3:31:27 PM PST by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: nickcarraway

Gentlemen, start your engines!


9 posted on 11/16/2012 3:33:11 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: EEGator

“Correlation does not equal causation.”

Not to mention no thought being given to the increasing presence of xenoestrogens and other hormone disruptors in the environment.


10 posted on 11/16/2012 3:35:11 PM PST by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: Magic Fingers

Those are plastic leachings...correct?


11 posted on 11/16/2012 3:36:45 PM PST by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway

Why do they always say “increased risk”, but never tell you what the risk was to start with, and how much it increased?


12 posted on 11/16/2012 3:39:46 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: showme_the_Glory

I guess that’s a good thing...the potheads won’t be able to breed.


13 posted on 11/16/2012 3:48:50 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: EEGator

“Those are plastic leachings...correct?”

Correct (e.g. BPA), although there are non-plastic sources too.


14 posted on 11/16/2012 3:53:59 PM PST by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: beef
An intelligent position on a controversial subject.

Amazing how often tolerance is the correct response, n'est-ce pas?

I love freedom!

15 posted on 11/16/2012 3:55:48 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The trouble with the "masses" is that they never achieve the "m")
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To: nickcarraway

I know one cancer patient that cannot eat with out her medical marijuana. Nothing else works for her.


16 posted on 11/16/2012 3:57:14 PM PST by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, that explains Tom Green, anyway.


17 posted on 11/16/2012 4:01:16 PM PST by Argus
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To: nickcarraway

“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?’””

That sounds pretty thin, correlation or causation?

Looks like the found a convenient target to blame. As we see, science and critical thinking is falling apart in our society.


18 posted on 11/16/2012 4:07:04 PM PST by dila813
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To: Nachum
I know one cancer patient that cannot eat with out her medical marijuana.

Yep. I know a guy who has a prescription for medicinal marijuana on account of his testicular cancer.

He's already a nard short, guess he's going for two.

19 posted on 11/16/2012 4:08:56 PM PST by skeeter
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To: nickcarraway

The key to finding out about this study is seeing who funded it.


20 posted on 11/16/2012 4:10:03 PM PST by microgood
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To: dila813

They could have linked it to tons of things. This “study” is total BS.


21 posted on 11/16/2012 4:13:27 PM PST by EEGator
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To: microgood

Clevon’s Meth and Bath Salts.


22 posted on 11/16/2012 4:14:51 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Magic Fingers

I’ve been told not to microwave food in plastic containers. I’m not sure if it matters or not, so I just don’t do it.


23 posted on 11/16/2012 4:18:48 PM PST by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway
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 marijuana 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.

I know this is an esoteric point, but for the type of study they are describing, this is the wrong kind of conclusion.

The conclusion stated here would be appropriate for a study where two groups of patients were being compared (one pot-smoking, one not), and the incidence of various adverse health outcomes were being analyzed. But that's not the study described. They actually determined that it was more likely that someone diagnosed with testicular cancer has a history of smoking pot than someone from the general population. That is important information, but it really does not equate to how much pot smoking increases the risk of testicular cancer.

Maybe the problem is in communicating study results to a non-scientifically trained journalist.

I will say that I do not question the result that pot smoking increases the incidence of testicular cancer. If I recall, marijuana has a far higher content of carcinogens than tobacco.

24 posted on 11/16/2012 5:01:19 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: nickcarraway; Perdogg; DallasBiff; Hot Tabasco; 1rudeboy
"Is this how Lance Armstrong became monolithic?" *PING*.

Thanks, nickcarraway.

Cheers!

25 posted on 11/16/2012 5:42:08 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: exDemMom

There are zero carcinogens in marijuana. Unless you are depending upon governmental studies that also claim mj is 100 times more cancerous than cigarettes...


26 posted on 11/16/2012 5:48:47 PM PST by BrandtMichaels
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To: BrandtMichaels
There are zero carcinogens in marijuana. Unless you are depending upon governmental studies that also claim mj is 100 times more cancerous than cigarettes...

Most studies are "government studies", regardless of the topic. Since I'm also a government scientist, and the government paid for my education, I honestly cannot see what is wrong with a "government study."

The reality is that there is a lot of mythology related to marijuana. But there is very little research to back up the mythology. It does make sense that marijuana is full of carcinogens; common sense tells you that it isn't healthy to be inhaling smoke of any kind.

27 posted on 11/16/2012 6:33:29 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: nickcarraway

Weed seems to have quite a number of negative health effects on young men. Its use also seems to increase the odds of paranoid schizo developing.


28 posted on 11/17/2012 11:43:58 AM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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