What is the Prostate?
“The prostate is a small-sized, walnut-shaped gland that takes part in ejaculation. The prostate produces the fluid in semen and helps push this fluid out during ejaculation.” Can ejaculations help prevent prostate cancer?
About 1 in 7 men in the united states, Canada, and 1 in 8 men in the United Kingdom will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Prostate cancer is on the rise, understanding the risk and prevention is very vital.
This article examines the possibility of reducing the risk of prostate cancer by frequent ejaculation, using scientific articles.
The prostate is tied to masculinity; hence it is an important issue for men. The gland plays a leading role in the production of semen. Prostate cancer is more common in older males, especially in men above fifty, it is usually characterized by painful, frequent urination. It is the third common type of cancer in the united states.
Prostate health and ejaculation, what’s the link?
Recent articles have claimed ejaculating more often can keep your prostate in good health. These claims may sound like sensationalized headlines, recent scientific evidence have proven this might be true.
Can ejaculations help prevent prostate cancer?
What the research says
According to a 2016 study conducted by Harvard University’s Jennifer R. Rider published in the journal European Urology, men who ejaculate more frequently are less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculate less often.
The research was conducted by observing the sexual behaviors of about 32,000 men, the author concluded “We found that men reporting higher compared to lower ejaculatory frequency in adulthood were less likely to be subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer. This large prospective study provides the strongest evidence to date of a beneficial role of ejaculation in the prevention of prostate cancer.”
This study was a follow-up to a 2004 study which came to the same conclusion. The studies both concluded ejaculating 21 times in a month or more can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The comparison was with men who ejaculated 4 to 7 times a month. A 2008 study further asked the question “Can ejaculations help prevent prostate cancer?” It concluded that frequent ejaculation lowers the risk of prostate cancer in men.
How many ejaculations per month?
According to research, 21 ejaculations or more per month can help keep you in good prostate health. A panel of researchers while discussing their research report concluded that “Twenty-one ejaculations or more per month can protect you (males) from prostate cancer.”
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Prostate Cancer Risk factors
The following factors can trigger prostate cancer.
Family history: You have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer if your close relatives have been diagnosed with one.
Diet: If you want to stay off the prostate operating room, you need to eat healthily, avoid high-fat processed junk foods.
Age: as you grow older, there is an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Men above 65 constitute about 80% of all prostate cancer cases.
Genetics: Genetic changes/mutation can lead to the development of prostate cancer.
Ethnicity: black men have a higher chance of developing prostate cancer than white men, and an earlier age
Being overweight and obese
There is nothing you can do about changing your genes, but there exist enough scientific evidence that vigorous sexual activity can keep your prostate healthy. Avoid the risk factors and you stand a lesser chance of prostate cancer.
You can read further on how to prevent prostate cancer here
Protect your prostate
The scientific articles didn’t state exactly how frequent ejaculations protect the prostate. However it does answer the question “Can ejaculations help prevent prostate cancer?”, some researchers believe ejaculations flush toxins from a man’s system. Regardless, ejaculating more than 21 times in a month reduce your risk of getting prostate cancer by 33%. That’s pleasing news to a lot of males!
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