The campaign is “a mass, uncontrolled experiment that invites men to expose themselves to the harms of a treatment unlikely to fix problems that may be wholly unrelated to testosterone levels,” two doctors write.
The new recommendations bring the AUA closer to agreeing with those issued by several other medical organizations, particularly the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Jim Thornton writes about his father’s diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, which occurred six years before his father died — not of prostate cancer — at age 81.
“In the age-old tradition of snake oil peddlers and traveling medicine shows, [testosterone replacement therapy] is but the latest elixir from the fountain of youth,” John-Manuel Andriote writes.
The researchers searched Medline and the Cochrane Library databases for studies published on the topic between 1950 and 2012.
The study also found that 98 percent of all boys and men who go to the ER with a zipper-related penile injury do not need to be admitted to the hospital.