Research from Britain’s Nottingham University suggests that higher levels of sexual activity by men during their late 20s and 30s may lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer in later life.
The study interviewed approximately 800 males questioning their sexual habits in particular the frequency with which they had sex.
According to the findings of the most sexually active young men are those that then go on to the more inclined towards the development of prostate cancer in later years.
The researchers believe that those who indulged more frequently and did so partly because of increased levels of male sex hormones, which in turn produced a greater level of sex drive.
The prostate gland produces a key element in semen, leading to the theory that more continuous semen production may in turn affect the prostate and somehow assist in the beginnings of cancer of the prostate.
The small study was led by scientist Dr Polyxeni Dimitropoulou, whose team interviewed approximately 800 men. 50% of these men had already received a positive prostate cancer result.
The other half of the men had been recently tested and were considered to be free of the disease. They were all questions about their levels of sexual activity from puberty through to middle-age.
The findings suggest that the group who were positive for cancer were found to be more sexually active over their lifetime. The researchers did concede that this small group was not sufficient to be conclusive but did point to the need for more study.