Cancer Drug Could Rid Men of ‘Unwanted’ Sexual Urges Towards Children

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By Daily Mail UK

A unique scientific study is under way in Sweden to see if drugs can prevent paedophiles from acting on their sexual urges. 

The trial sees self-confessed paedophiles given a drug normally used to treat advanced prostate cancer, in order to determine if it reduces the risk of them sexually abusing a child.

It is hoped the £1,000-a-year ($1,415) prostate cancer medicine Degarelix – a drug that stops testosterone from being produced – will reduce sex drive and curb urges.

The drugs trial at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet involves 60 patients have sought help for paedophile fantasies, but have not acted on them.

‘The goal is to establish a preventive treatment programme for men with paedophiliac disorder that is both effective and tolerable so that we can prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place,’ psychiatrist and lead researcher Christoffer Rahm said.

Clinical studies on paedophiles are also rare, because of ethical issues and difficulties gathering data. Conducting research where patients risk harming a third party requires special cooperation with legal and child welfare experts, Dr Rahm said.

In the clinical trial, half of the 60 subjects receive an injection of the drug Degarelix and the other half get a ‘dummy’ drug, or placebo.

Subjects who receive Degarelix will have non-detectable levels of testosterone after three days, an effect that lasts about three months.

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