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Prostata cancer prophylaxis: masturbation

 
 
Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 12:21 am
Guys, your future health is in your hands headlines the South African 'Cape Times' (article).

But it really true: a Melbourne study has found that frequent masturbation may protect men against prostate cancer.
A theory Dr Chris Hiley, head of policy and research at the UK's Prostate Cancer Charity, says about [on BBC]: "This is a plausible theory."

Here's the
complete article in NEW SCOIENTIST
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maxsdadeo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 12:31 am
I have seen similar studies previously which had come to the same climax.

Sorry, I couldn't resist! Laughing Laughing
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the prince
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 02:25 am
I need to take matters in my own hands more often Wink
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:10 am
Er - MORE effective than sexual intercourse?

Does this mean we are to see masturbation groups in the parks - similar to Tai Chi, walking, jogging, running etc?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 05:14 am
[size=7]of course it had to be an australian study[/size]

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Sydney - Frequent masturbation, particularly in the 20s, could help prevent prostate cancer later in life.

Australian scientists have shown that the more men masturbate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop the disease that claims the lives of more than half a million men annually.

"The more you flush the ducts out, the less there is to hang around and damage the cells that line them," says Graham Giles, who led the research team.

The survey of 1 079 prostate cancer patients and 1 259 healthy men found that those who masturbated or had sex at least once a day in their 20s were a third less likely to develop the malady.

'I don't believe in the blindness and hairy palms theory'
"For men in their 50s of course that's often not achievable," Giles told reporters on Thursday.

"(But) masturbation isn't bad for you. I don't believe in the blindness and hairy palms theory. Prohibitions against ejaculations are not based on science," he said.

The study, conducted between 1994 and 1998 but still being analysed, did not focus specifically on masturbation.

Nevertheless, it was the largest so far to ask participants not just about their sexual relations but also about masturbation, and to analyse the answers.

Giles said the findings correlate with previous research that showed Roman Catholic priests were 30 percent more likely to get prostate cancer, but they contradict other studies that suggested having a variety of partners or frequent sex could lift the risk.

One theory that could explain the new results is that semen may have a carcinogenic effect on the cells lining the prostatic ducts if not flushed regularly out of the pipes by ejaculations.

The research is due to be published in this weekend's British Journal of Urology International. - Reuters
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the prince
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 05:18 am
As if aussies needed any excuse Smile
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 06:50 am
Let me just say, so far, I have no cancer Laughing
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the prince
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 07:02 am
cavfancier wrote:
Let me just say, so far, I have no cancer Laughing


Do you have hairy palms then ? Laughing
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 07:03 am
I have very little body hair, despite my efforts, lol.
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au1929
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 07:04 am
They used to call prostate problems the priests disease. The contention being priests are celibate. That theory has been shot to hell.
Another day another theory.
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snood
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 07:31 am
Only thing is, what 20 year olds don't frequently masturbate?
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New Haven
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 08:57 am
cavfancier wrote:
Let me just say, so far, I have no cancer Laughing


You're one of the lucky ones! Rolling Eyes
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New Haven
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:00 am
snood wrote:
Onyy thing is, what 20 year olds don't frequently masturbate?


Prostate cancer is very rare in a 20 year old male. A far more common cancer in the young male ( 25-28 years ) is testicular cancer. Very serious, indeed.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:12 am
I have had two friends go through testicular cancer. It is actually one of the more easily cureable cancers. Both friends are cancer free, although they did each lose a testicle.

snood makes a good point....reading the article, I am happy that the head scientist doesn't subscribe to the blindness and hairy palms theory Rolling Eyes
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au1929
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:23 am
I am a survivor of prostate cancer. Hell if I had known that I would have been much more active when younger.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:36 am
I may be in trouble then.

I only did it on days ending in "y" -- and never more than four or five times per day.

Do you think I am at high risk?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:40 am
cavfancier wrote:
....reading the article


Well, that's a proof, cav, that the other theory isn't any good! Laughing
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:41 am
Sooooo, remembering the ol' wives' tales of not so long ago, does this mean men will live longer but will be blind and scarred with acne? Laughing
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the prince
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:41 am
Frank Apisa wrote:
I may be in trouble then.

I only did it on days ending in "y" -- and never more than four or five times per day.

Do you think I am at high risk?


Laughing Nopes, except because of yr poor eyesight !!! What shapoo do you use on yr palms ?

Laughing
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 09:50 am
Walter, there are only the articles left, the other pages are stuck together Laughing
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