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Does a varied love life increase the risk of prostate cancer?


Physicians are studying the relationship between prostate cancer and sexual activity
If people have many different sexual partners, unprotected sexual intercourse can lead to some dangerous illnesses. Researchers have now found that a large number of different partners in men increase the risk of prostate cancer. If men had more than seven partners in their lifetime, they were twice as likely to have prostate cancer compared to men with only three partners.

The researchers from the Cancer Council in New South Wales, Australia, found in their study that the number of sexual partners in men affects how high their risk of prostate cancer is. The experts published the results of their study in the medical journal "International Journal of Cancer".
If men have had many sexual partners during their lifetime, this increases their risk of prostate cancer. (Image: olly / fotolia.com)

More than seven partners massively increase the risk
For their study, the scientists analyzed the data from 10,000 men. In particular, the doctors looked for a link between prostate cancer and sexual activity. They found that more than seven sexual partners in men double the risk of prostate cancer compared to subjects with fewer than three partners.

Newly identified risk factors for prostate cancer
If men were sexually active earlier, this could possibly also be a risk factor for prostate cancer. "The more partners they had, the younger they were when they first started and the more orgasms they had, the higher their risk of prostate cancer," said author Visalini Nair-Shalliker of the Cancer Council New South Wales.

The risk could be caused by hormonal changes
Since the increased risk found is linked to sexual activity, it appears to be due to a hormonal change, the doctors suspect. Sexual activity and metabolism have been associated with antigens. And the male sex hormone is also strongly associated with the initiation of prostate cancer, the researchers explain.

Cancer in the family history must be considered urgently
Other risk factors include a father with prostate cancer, a previous diagnosis of prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), or benign prostatic hyperplasia (benign enlargement of the prostate). The experts also found that obesity and obesity are also associated with a slightly increased risk.

Men at increased risk should seek medical attention
There was no link between the risk of prostate cancer and circumcision, vasectomy, or erectile function, the researchers report. It is important to accurately identify the risk factors for prostate cancer. This is the only way that men can be given reliable advice, the researchers emphasize. Especially men over the age of fifty who fall into an increased risk category should, in their opinion, urgently seek a consultation with their doctor. This advice should be particularly taken into account if the men already have some cases of prostate cancer in their family history, says Nair-Shalliker.

More research is needed
However, at the moment we cannot make any really reliable recommendations regarding sexual activity, because the problem is very complex, the researchers limit. We are not saying that you should increase or decrease your sexual activity, because more research is needed to collect more precise facts and evidence, doctors add. (as)

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