A new study claims that one orgasm a day could reduce a man’s risk for prostate cancer. Researchers claim that while an orgasm provides pleasure during sex, it may also reduce the risk for prostate cancer. It also provides a number of health benefits such as a boost in your immunity, better sleep, and can even protect against heart disease.
According to Dr. David Samadi at the David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center in New York, “prior research shows a link between the benefits of sex and prostate cancer. This research adds to the evidence that ejaculation frequency, not the number of sexual partners, is the key factor in reducing prostate cancer risk.”
The study was carried out by scientists at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital. What they found was that if a male ejaculates at least once a day, the likelihood of developing prostate cancer are very low. The study data showed that the participants who ejaculated more than 21 times a month were at a 22% lower risk of getting the disease.
As for how men achieved ejaculation, it is not a requirement to have a sex partner. Whether it be sexual intercourse, nocturnal emission, or masturbation, all are beneficial.
According to Jennifer Rider of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, while the new data on the potential benefit of orgasm and the reduced risk of developing prostate cancer are so far the most compelling, the data is still just observational and should be taken cautiously. “At the same time, given the lack of modifiable risk factors for prostate cancer, the results of this study are particularly encouraging,” said Rider.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is most common cancer among men (other than skin cancer) in the US.It is estimated that in 2015 in the US alone, there were about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer and about 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, in 2012, there were more than 1.1 million cases of prostate cancer. This makes prostate cancer accountable for 8% of all new cancer cases, and 15% of cancers in men.
The Philippines is no different. Prostate cancer is actually the third leading cause of death among Filipino men. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute estimated that 19.3 out of every 100,000 Filipino men are afflicted with the disease. Records from the Department of Health (DOH) in 2010 also showed that around six million men over the age of 50 were at risk of developing prostate cancer. The DOH said that half of the men aged 50 and above are likely to develop urinary and prostate problems as they get older.
About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. About six cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66. About one in 38 men will die of prostate cancer.