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A 25-year-old male asked:

does masturbation cause prostate cancer?

11 doctor answers26 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
No: No evidence to that effecrt.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
NO: It causes no kind of cancer or any other kind of illness.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
No: No, it should have no effect. That being said, higher levels of testosterone can lead to increased masturbation and later on prostate cancer, but the act of masturbation and prostate cancer are not related.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
No: No strong correlation. ( although in the past there was a study that suggested perhaps a correlation - however the study was not supported by other studies). Being a male, older age, smoking, family history are associated with prostate ca.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
NO , no evidence: Regular ejaculation by any means reduces the incidence of prostatic cancer.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Cells aren't being mutated or replaced. Folks have even looked at this epidemiologically and it is not a danger or protection.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
No: Masturbation has never been linked to prostate cancer or any other urological malignancy.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Except for a small, case-controlled study reported in January 2009 issue of BJU International sensationally reported increased rate of prostate cancer for men in 20's and 30's who masturbated 2-7x/week (and a lower rate for men in their 50's who masturbated often). There are many reasons not to believe the reported conclusions, and it has not been confirmed in other studies.
Mar 20, 2012
Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
No: There is actual evidence that those ejaculate an average of 21 times a month have a reduced incidence of prostate cancer. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn4861-frequent-ejaculation-may-protect-against-cancer.html.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Absolutely not: Folks have looked at frequency of ejaculation and there's no relationship. If somebody told you otherwise, ignore them as a source for helath information.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: This is one of many myths that arise in cultures that wish to place shame/discourage a normal practice. You also don't go blind/have hair fall out or many other fake symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No: Masturbation absolutely does NOT cause cancer.

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New girlfriend says masturbation can cause prostate cancer. Is this true?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Not clear: A study showed th masturbation during men's 20s and 30s increased their risk of prostate cancer.For men in their 20s, "frequent masturbation" - 2-7x/week. Compared to same-age men who reported masturbating less than once per month, 20-something frequent masturbators had a 79% higher risk of prostate cancer by age 60."but men in their 50s who masturbated frequently had lower risk of prostate ca.
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Can a lot of masturbation cause any type of prostate disease or cancer?

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No: In fact some studies suggest that sexually active men may reduce their risk of prostate cancer.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How accurate is it that over masturbating can cause prostate cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not true: Frankly, just a lie to frighten young people. The claim makes no sense biologically, and actual studies show no effect of frequency of ejaculation.
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Can heavy masturbation cause prostate cancer?

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Dr. Uma Swamy
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
No Correlation Known: No known correlation between the two.
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Can constant masturbation cause prostate cancer?

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No: it does not, but it does take time which could be used developing more productive pursuits.

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