My English teacher and editor Sue Katz wrote a funny blog entry about masturbation: “Sex and the Single Hand: Stroke Your Way to Health”
I followed the link of one of the studies she mentions to the BBC article “Masturbation ‘cuts cancer risk'”, where ” … They found those who had ejaculated the most between the ages of 20 and 50 were the least likely to develop the [prostate] cancer.”
When I hear such results, my first question is, “How was the study conducted?” It appears that “Australian researchers questioned over 1,000 men who had developed prostate cancer and 1,250 who had not about their [past] sexual habits.” The problem with asking people about their sexual habits 30 years ago is that there are a large number of dead people you can’t ask. What if the most active masturbators have died from fatigue?
Should you masturbate more to reduce your cancer risk as the BBC suggests?
Prostate cancer might not be related to masturbation at all, but rather to something else that correlates with masturbation.
- It could be that men who have a higher libido have less prostate cancer.
- Or that men who have more free time have less prostate cancer.
- Or that men who are not depressed have less prostate cancer.
- Or that men who have higher speed Internet connections have less prostate cancer.
In case you are wondering how one’s Internet connection is related to all this, let me remind you of a joke about a conversation between two geeks.
— “When you look at a girl, what do you notice first?”
— “Her hair, then her eyes, then her nose, then her lips — I have dial-up.”
One thing I know for sure: women who masturbate have even less prostate cancer than men who masturbate. Hooray for masturbation!Share: