Thursday, July 17, 2003

Wanking is good for you

According to research conducted in Australia, men who masturbated five times or more per week, especially in their twenties, were a third less likely to develop aggressive forms of prostate cancer. They speculate that regularly removing potentially carcinogenic chemicals from the body might be the reason, or perhaps that masturbation helps the cells in the prostate to mature more quickly.

Which is all entirely speculative. When a study relies on a questionnaire to determine the independent variable, any results must be taken with a pinch of salt. After all, who actually knows how often they jerk off? Do they keep a diary? Even if they did, wouldn't the pages be stuck together?

Definitely a study to be put in the 'further investigation required' file. Still, it might help me assuage some of my Catholic guilt...

Masturbating may protect against prostate cancer, New Scientist, 16 July 2003


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