RESEARCH has revealed how often men should have sex each month to lower their risk of prostate cancer.
A survey found that 43 percent of men would not see their doctor because of a key symptom of the disease.
Getting up at night to go to the bathroom is common and occurs in about a quarter of all men.
But only a fifth of them realize it could indicate a problem with their prostate, according to a new study from King Edward VII’s Hospital.
About 29 percent believe it is because of their age, while 43 percent would not see a doctor, the Daily Express reports.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of the disease in men. Around 47,000 Britons are diagnosed each year.
One in eight will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in life and 12,000 die from it each year.
It’s not exactly clear what causes the disease. But most risk factors—if you’re 50 or older, black, obese, or have a family history of it—can’t be changed.
For this reason, researchers were thrilled when they found that there might be one modifiable risk factor — how much sex a man has.
But those not in a relationship need not worry as ejaculation through masturbation was included in the study.
US scientists surveyed nearly 32,000 men about their ejaculation habits and followed them to find out if they had been diagnosed with the deadly disease.
Men ages 20 to 29 who peaked 21 times a month (five times a week) had about a third less risk of developing prostate cancer than men who peaked only four to seven times a month climax came.
According to the results, the probability was 32 percent lower among 40 to 49 year olds.
dr Jennifer Rider of Boston University said: “In a large US study, we looked at whether adult ejaculation frequency was associated with prostate cancer risk.
“We found that men who had higher than lower ejaculation frequency in adulthood were less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer later.
“These results provide additional evidence that more frequent ejaculation throughout adult life plays a positive role in the development of prostate cancer, particularly in low-risk conditions.”
The study, published in European Urology in 2016, surveyed 31,925 men in 1992 and followed them through 2010.
The researchers had a number of theories to explain the connection. For example, it is hypothesized that “cancer-causing secretions” are not flushed out without frequent ejaculation.
An Australian study came to similar conclusions.
However, the results are inconclusive and more research needs to be done. But right now, there’s no harm in doctors prescribing “more sex.”
Symptoms of prostate cancer usually don’t appear until the disease has spread to the point where the prostate is affecting the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis.
This can lead to an increased need to urinate, straining to pee, and feeling like you haven’t completely emptied your bladder afterwards.
If you are diagnosed with the disease, doctors may not recommend treatment if it is in its early stages and is not causing symptoms.
However, later-stage prostate cancer can be treated with surgery and radiation therapy in addition to hormone therapy.
Both can increase the risk of erectile dysfunction and incontinence and are therefore not recommended unless there is a risk of spreading the disease.
Know the signs – how to recognize prostate cancer
In most cases, prostate cancer doesn’t cause symptoms until the growth is large enough to put pressure on the urethra — the tube through which you pee.
- You need to urinate more often, especially at night
- I have to rush to the toilet
- Difficulty starting to pee
- Weak flow
- Straining and taking a long time to pee
- The feeling that your bladder has not completely emptied
Many men’s prostates enlarge as they age due to noncancerous conditions, prostate enlargement and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
In fact, these two conditions are more common than prostate cancer — but that doesn’t mean the symptoms should be ignored.
Signs that the cancer has spread include bone, back or testicle pain, loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss.