Cancer Research warn against multiple partner advice

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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Cancer Research has warned against a report claiming men who have multiple sexual partners stand a reduce chance of developing prostate cancer.

The report from the Prostate Cancer & Environment Study in Canada highlighted the protective benefits of ejaculation on the male prostate.

Lead researcher Professor Marie-Elise Parent, from the University of Montreal, said: “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.”

However in a statement last night Dr  Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information told HEYToday: “The researchers haven’t yet explored the reasons for their observations and other studies of prostate cancer risk and numbers of sexual partners – or the role of sexually transmitted diseases – have shown conflicting results. While there’s still much more to learn about the causes of prostate cancer risk we do know that a man’s risk increases with age, if he has a family history or if he has African ancestry.

“Symptoms of prostate cancer can include needing to rush to the loo, needing to urinate more often or have difficulty urinating. These symptoms may not be due to cancer but it’s worth getting checked out by your GP.”

Opposite for woman

The reports findings highlights the contrasting advice given to men and women on avoiding potential instances of cancer. It is well known that some Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) can lead to cervical cancer in women – and the advice is to reduce the number of partners to reduce the risk. GP’s groups have warned that researchers need to be careful when giving contrasting gender specific advice so as not to send mixed messages to people who may be at risk.

When asked, the report head Prof Parent acknowledged that on the question of whether promiscuity might now be recommended in health advice to men, she said: “We’re not there yet.”

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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