More than 40,000 of the nearly 80,500 new cases of bladder cancer estimated to be diagnosed in 2019 will be found in smokers.
The question of “Am I ready for a vasectomy?” is becoming more and more frequent among men these days, but the answer still requires some thought.
Not that the procedure is new. Vasectomies have been regarded as a method of birth control for roughly 70 years — since the second World War. Yet for many of those decades, the procedure was used sparingly; many men were uncomfortable with the idea of elective surgery in general and of surgery on their sexual organs in particular.
But today, vasectomies are much more mainstream — a story in USA Today even reported a spike in vasectomies during March Madness, as men timed the procedure so they could get several days off to sit on the couch to watch the games.
Clearly more men are becoming comfortable with the procedure as education about vasectomies is more widely available. Most notable, a vasectomy is a far less invasive operation than tubal ligation is for women.
Still, the procedure has long-term results, and there are still a lot of misconceptions. If you are considering a vasectomy, there are three key questions you should have answered:
A vasectomy is a safe, fast procedure with fewer side effects than tubal ligation. That said, there may be minor complications, including sperm granuloma (a lump caused by leaking sperm where the vas deferens is tied off) and sperm build up or congestion. But these potential side effects occur only in the first few months after the procedure.
Which is why timing also is a major consideration. Whether you want to schedule a vasectomy before March Madness or in the middle of summer, be sure to get a thorough consultation with your physician first.
If going to the bathroom is spooking you, there may be reasons beyond a potential illness.
The number of men expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year could nearly populate the entire city of Fort Lauderdale. That image doesn’t exactly conjure a day at the beach. But it does have a silver lining, which is this: All men do have the ability to limit their risks and identify symptoms…