Masturbation & Prostate Cancer Risk

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Masturbation & Prostate Cancer Risk

by B.J. Lehecka, DPT, PhD | May 12, 2021

Mixed evidence exists about the correlation between masturbation and ejaculation frequency on prostate cancer risk. One study found that increased masturbation frequency in the 20’s and 30’s was a marker for increased prostate cancer risk. One of the largest studies on ejaculation frequency (this included sexual relations, not masturbation in isolation) is known as the Harvard ejaculation study. Its findings are often simply described as 20-29-year-olds who reported 21+ ejaculations/month had a lower prostate risk than those who ejaculated 4-7x/month. But those who ejaculated 0-3x/month also had a significantly lower risk (15-16% reduction) than those who ejaculated 4-7x/month.

However, its critical to note that masturbation and ejaculation appear to have a less consistent effect on prostate cancer risk than diet, physical activity, smoking, age, and genetics. Tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables, soy, fish, coffee, and green tea appear protective against prostate cancer; on the other hand, grilled meat, dairy consumption, and binge-drinking appear to increase prostate cancer risk.

 

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