DEAR Dr. Fritz,
Good day. Call me Head Bangers. I am just concerned about having too much sex in relation to prostate cancer. My friend told me that these two have a connection. Is this true? I am worried because I have a great sex life.
More queries. Can I get tested early? At what age should I see my doctor? And what are the things that can help me prevent prostate cancer? Does diet help?
Thank you and have a wonderful day.
Dear Head Bangers,
First, let me burst that myth. Having too much sex does not cause prostate cancer. And by the way, congratulations on having great sex. There are other myths too, like vasectomy and masturbation. These do not give you prostate cancer. But, studies are on the way to whether alcohol use, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or prostatitis may have a role in the development of prostate cancer.
I have good news for you. Healthy diet seems to help prevent it. As a matter of fact, prostate cancer is more common in countries where meat and high-fat dairy are up on their tables. It is quite unclear why this happens. But, probably, dietary fat, particularly animal fat from red meat, may boost male hormone levels, which may fuel the growth of cancerous prostate cells. And this is also true in diets that are too low in fruits and vegetables. So, you should know your game plan as of now.
We have screening tests to find prostate cancer early. But, we don’t have guidelines calling for routine testing in men at any age.
Well, we’re out of pages right now. Let’s continue this next time. Until then!
(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15-year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” For your questions, you may e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)