Good news for all the players out there. A new study from the University of Montreal found that having more than 20 female partners in your life could significantly reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Their findings were published in the the journal Cancer Epidemiology but the subject still remains highly debatable with other studies finding dissimilar results.
The study in question analyzed 3,208 men who were part of the Prostate Cancer & Environment Study (PROtEuS). And of these, 1,590 were diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2005 and 2009 while the remaining were cancer-free.
While they also took into account their family history, researchers distributed a questionnaire to analyze other factors such as lifestyle and environmental elements.
The results found those men who had a family history of prostate cancer to be twice as likely to get the disease, but researchers were surprised to find that sexual partners also appeared to potentially influence their health.
The results saw those men who had slept with over 20 women had 28 percent LOWER RISK of developing all types of prostate cancer and 19 percent LOWER RISK of developing aggressive prostate cancer. Past studies have suggested that the more a man ejaculated, the lower the concentrations of cancer-causing substances in the prostatic fluid. Which makes sense. But do they really need to have sex with more women? If the evidence in the study was strong enough it would definitely be something to consider.
But it's not all good news for boys, the study found that having more than 20 MALE partners in a lifetime is actually linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Researchers believe that this may be because of higher exposure to STIs and possibly prostate trauma caused by anal intercourse.
Study co-author Marie-Élise Parent says, “It is possible that having many female sexual partners results in a higher frequency of ejaculations, whose protective effect against prostate cancer has been previously observed in cohort studies."
Keep in mind, there are still other factors that have yet to be taken into account (such as the type of contraception they use) but this does raise more questions as to whether or not having more sex (for heterosexual men) is something to be taken seriously or not.
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