What Sex And Cancer Have In Common

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Does a greater sex drive mean greater cancer risk?

Last week, a penile fracture was featured during prime time television, so it comes as no surprise that your man may already be scared to death about doing the deed. If you can't drag him into bed now–and you can thank Dr. McSteamy, or better yet, Little Grey–this news certainly won't redeem your sex life: recent research from Nottingham University shows that men might have even more cause for concern when it comes to safety and sex, or at least sex drive.  
A retrospective study of the sex and masturbation habits of 800 men has linked frequent sexual activity to increased risk of developing cancer. If this isn't a downer–no impotence pun intended–we don't know what is. 
Half of the study's subjects had been formerly diagnosed with prostate cancer, while half were cancer-free. The men that were most sexually active during their twenties and thirties had a greater chance of developing cancer later in life, according to researchers who say the same sex hormones that increase sex drive may be to blame for increasing the risk of cancer.
Other studies have suggested that sexual activity may release toxins from the prostate gland, but before you terminate his Penthouse subscription and agree to take the solemn oath of celibacy, realize that this study doesn't directly determine whether decreasing sexual activity will decrease the risk of cancer. (Although, if you were already planning to dedicate your dry spell to saving mankind, more power to you–it can't hurt!).