Filed under: Men's Health
A recent Turkish study has found that a type of prostate cancer treatment reduces penis length by 40 percent. Men who undergo a combination of hormone therapy and radiation for local or locally advanced prostate cancer can expect to to lose more than 2 inches in "stretched penile length."
The 18 month study, conducted on 47 Turkish men, found that, on average, the men's penises had shrunk from 5.6 inches to 3.4 inches.
Researchers also discovered erectile problems post-treatment. About 23 percent had normal erectile function before the therapy, while only 12.5 percent were "able to have an erection that was suitable for intercourse" by the end of the study.
Doctors, noting that "quality of life concerns are important when considering treatment options for prostate cancer," suggest that a prospective patient should be told that "penile shortening may occur." However, as noted by William Saletan in Slate's Human Nature column, "If you don't chose this treatment, your penis may lose you."