The truth about male infertility and cancer

November is Men's Health Awareness Month

For men diagnosed with cancer, treatment can have an effect on their ability to father a child. However, there are fertility preservation options as Doctors John L. Frattarelli and Anatte E. Karmon from Fertility Institute of Hawaii shared with Hawaii Now host Kanoe Gibson.

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month, a good time to remind male patients to practice a healthy and safe lifestyle and get their yearly physical. The Fertility Institute of Hawaii specializes in preservation and treats all cancer patients with compassion and the utmost individualized care, offering an appointment to them within 24 hours to discuss their options. Chemotherapy and radiation can damage the testicles which can then affect a man’s ability to produce healthy sperm or to ejaculate sperm. For men who are not able to cryopreserve, having a family through other methods may still be possible, like using of donor sperm from another healthy male that is then fertilized with the partner’s or a donor’s eggs.

About Men’s Health Awareness Month
November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Sometimes known as Movember, it spurs supporters to sprout mustaches during this month to “change the face of men’s health” and raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancers. One in six men end up being affected by prostate cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Testicular cancer is less common, affecting about 1 in 270, but the good news is that both prostate and testicular cancers are very curable, if caught early. Both testicular and prostate cancer can negatively affect fertility, as well. When talking about men’s health as it relates to having a family, sometimes, it is not the female in the relationship who may have a diagnosed problem, but the male. This could be abnormalities in the number, shape, or movement of the sperm, thus affecting fertility.

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