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People with more than 10 sex partners in their lifetime are more likely to get cancer

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A woman who has had more than 10 sexual partners has a 91% chance of being diagnosed with cancer, compared to those who have had no or only one partner.

A new study reveals that the number of sexual partners we have throughout our lives may be linked to the risk of getting cancer, says an article by The Independent. This Anglia Ruskin University project in England – conducted with experts from Austria, Turkey, Canada and Italy – analyzed data from 5,722 English patients, with an average age of 64 years.

And the numbers are rather surprising. A woman who has had more than 10 sexual partners in her life is almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer, compared to those who have had no or only one partner.

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For men, those who reported having had two or four sexual partners were more likely to have had cancer (57% more likely) compared to those who had never had a partner, or just one. Those who said they had more than 10 were 69% more likely to get cancer.

For your information, 20% of men and just under 8% of women reported having ten or more sexual partners.

A woman who has had more than 10 sexual partners has a 91% chance of being diagnosed with cancer, compared to those who have had no or only one partner.
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A question about the cause and effect link

This observational study does not really explain the link between sexual activity and cancer. However, the researchers are referring to old studies that would link cancer risks with human papillomaviruses (HPVs). ” Previous research has shown that specific STIs (sexually transmitted infections) can lead to several cancers »Said to Reuters Lee Smith, co-author of the study.

The study therefore only shows an association between the two for the moment, without proving a cause and effect link. What’s more, those who reported having had the most sexual partners turned out to be younger, more likely to smoke and drink alcohol, the researchers say. They are also more likely to do strenuous physical activity every week.

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For scientists, this new study will still be able to help questionnaires intended to detect cancers. Further research will still be necessary to determine the reasons for this link.

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