Remember when the late Rick James was singing about a wonderful woman named Mary Jane? Well, looks like Mary Jane may not be the best thing for my brothers who value their family jewels.
Translation: New study shows that marijuana doubles the risk of testicular cancer…KEEP READING!
As reported on LATimes.com:
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 nonseminomas, 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 authors of the new study speculate that THC, the active component in marijuana, may be interfering with androgen signaling in the testis, particularly signaling by testosterone. But they say more biological data are needed to definitively determine the mechanism responsible for the increased cancer risk—and to rule out an unseen factor that may be biasing the results of the three epidemiological studies.
I’m sure that most men who smoke weed will probably continue to smoke weed even after reading this alarming study. Being that weed seems to increase heart attacks, unhealthy eating habits (due to the munchies), and now testicular cancer, maybe they will at least consider smoking it a little less?
I know, I know, it comes from the earth so it’s natural, right?
Well, Good Luck and Godspeed Gentlemen!
Read the full study here.