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Breaking: Having Sex Protects Men From Prostate Cancer

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14803726_sSex has always been the number 1 thing on most men’s minds. Now, there is proof that the more men ejaculate, the lower their risk of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks fairly high among cancer diagnoses, at about 15% of all new cases each year.

A recent U.S. study followed the health history of roughly 32,000 men for about 18 years from 1992 to 2010. When the study started out, these men were in their 20’s. During these years, 4,000 of the volunteers were diagnosed with prostate cancer, an alarming rate of around 12%.

When the data was analyzed, it was found that the men who ejaculated at least 21 times each month almost 20% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculated 7 times a month or less. By the time these men were in their 40’s, this number increased, so that the men decreased their prostate cancer risk by 22%. Those are pretty telling percentages.

According to Jennifer Rider, lead study author at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the frequency of ejaculation in men seemed to correlate to the status of their overall health as well, as men who were on the low end of the spectrum, ejaculating 0-3 times a month, were much more prone to dying prematurely and suffering from other medical causes unrelated to prostate cancer.

Rider said in an email statement,
“While our findings should be confirmed in studies that evaluate the potential biological mechanisms underlying the observed associations, the results of our study suggest that ejaculation and safe sexual activity throughout adulthood could be a beneficial strategy for reducing the risk of prostate cancer,”

It should be noted that one possible limitation to the study is that the volunteers were largely white males. The results could have been different if there had been more diversity in the volunteer base. Additionally, the volunteers themselves were the ones recording and reporting the frequency of ejaculations, which certainly reduces the accuracy of the findings.

It is also interesting to consider that those who have frequent sex or masturbation are also more likely to have overall good health practices in other areas as well, such as a normal weight and a healthy diet. Those factors could in and of themselves contribute towards a lower cancer risk as well. That said, it can only be positive to take your sexual health seriously, as that is an important biological function.

 

 

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