World Meeting on Sexual Medicine: Discounted Registration Deadline is 14 September
Meet Your ISSM Colleagues: Dr. Run Wang
Are you joining us in São Paulo for the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine next month? If so, please note that the deadline for discounted registration fees is fast approaching!
To take advantage of the discounted fees, payment must be received before 15 September 2014. If payment is received on or after 15 September, higher rates will apply.
Fee amounts depend on an attendee's ISSM membership status, professional status, and World Bank country classification. For complete fee information, please click here. It's easy to register using this online form.
More information on the meeting can be found here. The meeting will take place 8 - 12 October 2014 at the Hotel Transamérica São Paulo.
We hope to see you there!
Vasectomy May Raise Risk of Prostate Cancer, But Amount of Increase is Small
Our latest ISSM Member Profile features Dr. Run Wang of the University of Texas Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA.
Dr. Wang studied medicine at Southeast University Medical College and also earned a Master of Science degree in urology there. He then went to the Medical College of Georgia for his urology residency and then to Tulane University for a urological andrology fellowship.
Dr. Wang joined the ISSM in 2002. "As a member of the ISSM, I have not only been inspired with new research ideas and new practice concepts; I have also met the best and brightest colleagues from all over the world. Many of them have become lifelong friends," he said.
Please click here to read more about Dr. Wang and here to see other ISSM Member Profiles.
American researchers have found that men who have had a vasectomy are at higher risk for prostate cancer, especially the advanced and lethal forms.
However, this increase in risk is small.
In past research, the relationship between vasectomy and prostate cancer has been unclear. Some studies have found an association and some have not.
In this study, the research team analyzed data from over 49,000 men during a 24-year period. The men were participants in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. They were between 40 and 75 years old when this project began in 1986. At that time, 22% had had a vasectomy. By 2000, about a quarter of the men had had this procedure.
The researchers found that over the 24-year follow up period, men with a history of vasectomy had a 10% increase in the risk of developing prostate cancer. For the lethal form, their increase in risk was 19%.
However, these results reflect relative risk. The absolute risk is much smaller.
Commenting on the study for The New York Times, Dr. James M. McKiernan of Columbia University Medical Center said, "“If someone asked for a vasectomy, I would have to tell them that there is this new data in this regard, but it’s not enough for me to change the standard of care. I would not say that you should avoid vasectomy.”
The study was first published online in July in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Please click here further details.