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Men having more sexual partners are said to be at double the risk of having prostate cancer as per a study.

According to the findings of this study, men who had more than seven sexual partners in their life had double the risk of being susceptible to prostate cancer in their lives compared to those men having lesser than three sexual partners in their lives.

Men who became sexually active at an early stage are said to be prone to this cancer too, the researchers revealed.

"The more partners you had, the more orgasms you had, the younger you were when you first had sex, all pointed to an increased prostate cancer risk," Visalini Nair-Shalliker, doctoral student at Cancer Council New South Wales in Australia, was quoted as saying to smh.com.au, thehealthsite.com reported.

The rise in the risk is believed to be linked with sexual activities, which is triggered by the changes in the hormonal levels. Antigen, a male sex hormone is related to metabolism and a sexual activity is held responsible for causing prostate cancer.

The other factors responsible for causing prostate cancer includes are:

  • Having a father who had a history of prostate cancer
  • Being obese or overweight also raises some chances of this cancer.

Circumcision, erectile function or vasectomy was not found to be associated with prostate cancer as per the analysis done by the researchers.

"It is important to identify risk factors so men could be given advice, and men aged over 50 who fell into those risk categories should speak to their doctors, especially if they had a family history of the disease," Nair-Shalliker stated.

"We can't make any recommendations around sexual activity because it's multi-faceted. We're not saying 'increase or decrease your sexual activity' because the evidence is still grey about that,' Nair-Shalliker stated further in the study.

The following study has been published in the International Journal of Cancer.

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