Men Who Sleep With More Than 20 Women Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer
To protect against prostate cancer, take a lover – or 20.
According to a new study, men who sleep with multiple women are almost a third less likely to develop the disease.
Researchers found men who have more than 20 notches on their bedpost slashed their risk of prostate cancer by 28 per cent.
And the study also revealed that men who have slept with more than 20 women reduced their chances of getting the most aggressive tumours by 19 per cent.
Celibacy, on the other hand, doubles the risk of the disease.
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK, with 41,700 new cases diagnosed and 10,800 deaths each year.
The findings add to evidence that regular intercourse may flush out cancer causing chemicals as the prostate secretes the bulk of the fluid in semen.
It is the first study to suggest the number of female partners is what matters, rather than the amount of sex, or even masturbation.
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Men who said they had never had sexual intercourse were almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disease as those who said they had.
According to some studies, the underlying mechanism of the preventative effect is in reducing the concentration of cancer causing substances in prostatic fluid, or lowering the production of crystal-like balls in the gland.
The age at which the participants lost their virginity, or the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) they had contracted, had no effect.
TRoutine testing for prostate cancer in middle-aged men causes harm and may not save lives, warn experts.
The current blood test results in up to one in five men being wrongly told they have the disease, it is claimed.
Around half are over-diagnosed and given unpleasant or damaging treatment for slow-growing tumours that would not have caused problems during their lifetime.
Treatment for prostate cancer can leave men with significant complications, such as impotence and incontinence.
New guidelines being issued in Canada confirm a growing consensus that routine screening for men does not significantly reduce deaths from prostate cancer but can instead be harmful.
Prostate cancer is different to other cancers in that while some are aggressive, the majority do not cause any symptoms and men can survive without treatment.
But it is not possible to distinguish between the two types using the current blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate where higher levels make cancer more likely.
Screening aims to identify early stage cancer before symptoms appear.
British experts have decided against launching a PSA screening programme for men because the potential harms outweigh the benefits.
Moreover, just 12 per cent reported having had at least one STI.
The results were obtained as part of the Montreal study PROtEuS (Prostate Cancer & Environment Study), in which 3208 men responded to a questionnaire on, amongst other things, their sex lives.
Of these, 1,590 were diagnosed with prostate cancer between September 2005 and August 2009, while the other 1,618 formed a control group.
Overall, the prostate cancer patients were twice as likely to have had a relative with the disease. But the evidence suggests the number of sexual partners affects the development of the tumour.
On the other hand, gay men who have had more than 20 male partners in their lifetime suffered a twofold higher risk of getting prostate cancer compared to those who had never slept with a man.
And their risk of developing less aggressive prostate cancer – which is more likely to respond to treatment and has a lower likelihood of spreading – increased sixfold compared to those who have had only one male partner, which had no effect on overall risk.
Professor Parent said: ‘It could come from greater exposure to STIs, or it could be anal intercourse produces physical trauma to the prostate.’
She said having participants who were open about talking about their sexuality allowed the study to take place.
She said: ‘We were fortunate to have participants from Montreal who were comfortable talking about their sexuality, no matter what sexual experiences they have had, and this openness would probably not have been the same twenty or thirty years ago.
‘Indeed, thanks to them, we now know the number and type of partners must be taken into account to better understand the causes of prostate cancer.’
The research was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.
Culled from Daily Mail