Blokes told to ejaculate at least 21 times a month to help cut cancer risk

We've said it once and we'll say it again – masturbating is good for you.

In a recent poll of 2,000 Brits, 78% of participants claimed that climaxing makes them much happier.

And as well as releasing feel-good endorphins, orgasming may aid sleep and help to improve brain function,

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What's more, abstaining from self love can rocket risk of erectile dysfunction and depression.

If that wasn't enough to convince you to pleasure yourself regularly, check out a recent Harvard University study.

The paper, published in European Urology, suggests men who ejaculate at least 21 times a month can reduce their chance of developing prostate cancer by up to a third.

Prostate cancer is a serious issue. Worldwide, around 1.1million men are diagnosed with the condition every year.

More than 300,000 men will die of prostate cancer this year alone. The risk increases dramatically in men over the age of 65, with more than 85% of cases being diagnosed in men of pensionable age.

The Harvard study consisted of a questionnaire given to just under 32,000 men over an 18-year period.

Researchers found how many times the men had sex, or just had a swift one off the wrist, were correlated with the incidence of prostate cancer across the survey group.

The research team, led by Professor Jennifer R Rider, found overwhelming evidence that men who pleasured themselves at least five times a week had a greatly reduced risk of prostate cancer.

“We found that men reporting higher compared to lower ejaculatory frequency in adulthood were less likely to be subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer,” the study stated.

Many scientists now believe an orgasm may flush out cancer-causing toxins that would otherwise build up in the prostate.

The symptoms of prostate cancer are problems with urination – typically urinating a lot more at night or noticing traces of blood in the urine, pain in the hips or pelvic area especially during ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction.

Men who experience these symptoms are encouraged to go to their GP.

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