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Masturbation prevents prostate cancer

2003-07-17 16:13:53.73248+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Good news! A team led by Professor Graham Giles, head of cancer epidemiology at the Cancer Council Victoria, has found that masturbation may protect against prostate cancer. From the press release:

The researched showed that the protective effect of ejaculation is greatest when men in their twenties ejaculated on average seven or more times a week. This group were one-third less likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer when compared with men who ejaculated less than three times a week at this age.

Other rehashes from The Independent, The Australian, Yahoo.

This study looked at ejaculation, which gave different results from previous studies which looked at sexual activity. This was one of the things that bothered me about the "it's bad to ejaculate" thing from the neo-tantra folks (not just delayed ejaculation, which is actually high on my list of "good things"). Clearly this should be up there with brushing your teeth on the "things to do to keep your body healthy" that we tell kids to do.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2003-07-17 19:44:26.381291+00 by: petronius

Seven or more times per week? That's all?

#Comment Re: Masturbation prevents prostate cancer made: 2003-07-27 21:23:56.258761+00 by: dougzincke

#Thank Heaven !!!! I have heard this from urogoly professionals for about four or five years now. It is about time that some had the balls to speak up about maintaining a man's health. Doug Zincke, Arlington, Virginia.

#Comment Re: Masturbation prevents prostate cancer made: 2003-07-27 23:35:08.525814+00 by: topspin

I gotta take issue with this. The study appears to say that greater frequency of ejaculation is associated with less prostrate cancer.

Think positive, guys! A man might well be able find a partner (or partners) for 7+ sessions a week. If he wants to masturbate beyond that, that's fine, but I think these news stories are written by old, married guys who've forgotten sex can occur at times other than Saturday night at 9:30pm.

The story seems to quickly spurt from "frequent ejaculations" to "masturbation" and that seems...uh... premature.

#Comment Re: Masturbation prevents prostate cancer made: 2003-07-28 00:40:26.601119+00 by: Dan Lyke

I believe that the derivation was that partner sex, for a variety of reasons, raises your chances of prostate cancer. But yeah, sex in general is good for you.