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You may remember that earlier this year, a politician in Texas tried to put a ban on men masturbating. Now, according to research, that may have been a dangerous move. Potentially life threatening.
As you may, or may not, be aware prostate cancer is on the rise - it's now the third most common cancer in American males, and in the UK over half of new cases are prostate, lung or bowel related. There were over 45,000 cases of prostate cancer in 2014 in UK men.
The symptoms of the cancer include: a need to urinate more frequently, an sudden urge resulting in rushing to the toilet, difficulty in starting to pee, straining to wee, weak flow and a feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully.
As well as the regular list of diet, exercise and regular check-ups, researchers at Harvard University have also discovered that high levels of sexual activity can reduce the risk of contracting prostate cancer.
The study observed the sexual habits of 32,000 men and in conclusion determined that those with a higher rate of ejaculation were less likely to have prostate tumours.
The study states: "We found that men reporting higher compared to lower ejaculatory frequency in adulthood were less likely to be subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"This large prospective study provides the strongest evidence to date of a beneficial role of ejaculation in the prevention of prostate cancer."
The magic number? 21. Apparently 21 ejaculations per month can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 33 percent.
Quite why this helps the prostate is yet to be fully determined, but scientists have speculated that it may flush toxins out of the system.
Of course, it's not the only way to reduce risk. Going back to Texas, where a fine of $100 (£82) could be issued for committing 'an act against an unborn child', other options may have to be taken up.
Dr James Balch said they key to avoiding cancer is a good diet.
"If a man wants to stay out of the operating room and avoid cancer of the prostate, he needs to go full blast to avoid the high-fat junk food and environment toxins that contribute to prostate problems," Dr Balch explained.
"And to start a wise nutritional program that includes the basic supplements that affect the prostate," he added.
Tomatoes, organic coffee and plant-based fats are also believed to help the fight against prostate cancer.
It's over to you, gents.
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