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Does masterbation cause prostate cancer

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Uma Swamy
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
No Correlation Known: No known correlation between the two.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Things that actually cause cancer are those that mutate genes or make cells divide. This isn't happening when you entertain yourself. People have even... Read More

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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: it does not, but it does take time which could be used developing more productive pursuits.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It does not: Prolonged abstinence may exacerbate prostate enlargement of the benign sort.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It doesn't: We've looked at the effect of frequent ejaculation. It doesn't seem to impact prostate cancer risk one way or the other. It's safe and helps you stay ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
No: Masturbation and sexual activity are not risk factors for prostate cancer. Risk factors include family history and race (african-americans have a hig... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Judd Boczko
Urology 23 years experience
No: there is no evidence suggesting frequency of masterbation is related to prostate cancer
A member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Just not true: It would be difficult to find a control group. There's not a shred of evidence that this is true. The claim that young men give themselves cancer in t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
Unclear.: Two studies have suggested a protective association between prostate cancer and frequency of ejaculation (giles et al, 2003; leitzmann et al, 2004). G... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Strasser
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Nope: No data to say masturbating prevents prostate cancer. Men who are both sexually active and not active get prostate cancer. Masturbating won't hu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Probably not: It's not possible to do controlled prospective studies; the last one i saw a few years ago related more frequent ejaculation to less prostate hyperpla... Read More

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