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Prostate cancer drug may help reduce child sexual abuse – MIMS Malaysia
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Swedish researchers believe that a prostate cancer drug can prevent paedophiles from ever abusing children, and they are counting on crowdfunding to make it happen.

The scientists are aiming for £38,000 ($53,000) through online crowdfunding to back a full-scale trial. They hope to show that chemical castration by degarelix, which lowers testosterone levels, will decrease sex drive and paedophilic urges and eventually curb child sexual abuse.

Dr Christoffer Rahm, a psychiatrist and researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said, “Child sexual abuse is one of the most pervasive problems today. This issue is hard to deal with but it is a must because it affects all of us. Child sexual abuse causes a lot of suffering for the victims and their relatives and also costs society enormous amounts of money.”

So far, they have recruited “four or five” participants but aim to include 60 Swedish men who have sought help through Preventell, the “helpline for unwanted sexuality” at the Karolinska University Hospital. Participants must be volunteers who are anxious about their impulses but have not been convicted of any crime.

Thirty participants would get placebo jabs, while the other half would be treated with degarelix, as well as undergo interviews and psychological tests designed to measure their sex drive, impulse control and empathy, which are highly affected by testosterone as Rahm explained.

They’re also aiming to create a battery of tests, including blood, genetic and psychological tests and brain scans to identify potential paedophiles so doctors can administer degarelix jabs before any harm is committed.

Rahm emphasized that, “Most of the attention has been on how to deal with perpetrators once they are detected by the police or the authorities but by this stage children have already been harmed. With this project, I want to explore methods of preventing child sexual abuse from happening in the first place.”MIMS

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