Late-Onset Puberty Associated With Lower Cancer Risk
Boys who experienced late-onset puberty have a lower risk for developing testicular cancer according to a meta-analysis. A meta-analysis combines the results of several studies, and looks for trends. In this case, 12 studies were combined. Researchers discovered that boys whose voices changed later in life and who started shaving later than their peers had a 13% and 16% decreased likelihood of developing testicular cancer. The researchers reported their findings in the International Journal of Andrology.
Andrology is the branch of medicine that deals with male diseases, especially those affecting the male reproductive system.