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Douglas Fox writes in New Scientist that although males have long been told that masturbation is bad for them, it's actually healthy. Australian researcher Graham Giles found out that the more men masturbate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer. He asked 1079 men with prostate cancer to fill out a questionnaire about their sexual habits, and compared their answers with those of 1259 healthy men.

This contradicts the results of previous studies, which suggested that many sexual partners, or a high frequency of sexual activity, increases the risk of prostate cancer by up to 40%. The main difference is that earlier studies defined sexual only as intercourse, and transmitted sexual diseases may affect prostate cancer levels. Giles says, "Men have many ways of using their prostate which do not involve women or other men?The more you flush the ducts out, the less there is to hang around and damage the cells that line them."

Sex educator Anthony Smith says, "If these findings hold up, then it's perfectly reasonable that men should be encouraged to masturbate."

We can't let what we've been told as kids guide our adult actions?we need to find out the truth for ourselves.

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