In Vermont, subzero temperatures are the norm during the depths of winter. Kids there get used to anything wet on their bodies, such as a runny nose or damp hair after a shower, becoming frozen solid on the walk to school. The term "below zero" is nothing to fear when you hail from the Green Mountain State.

But I don't care how accustomed to the cold you are at 40 below zero, your nostrils freeze in a painful way, and the idea of having to urinate outside is terrifying.

Honestly, does anything good happen at such extremely cold temperatures?

It turns out, yes. A temperature of minus 40 degrees can be utilized to help heal the prostate from conditions as severe as cancer. The prostate, a walnut-shaped gland that sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum, produces fluid for semen, which transports sperm. Modern science has developed precise and effective ways to use freezing temperatures as a form of recovery and an alternative treatment to methods such as radiation or invasive surgery.

This form of freezing treatment is called cryoablation or cryotherapy.

"The first FDA approval for [cryoablation] was actually for the treatment of prostate cancer, primarily in a salvage setting,"