Sexually transmissible diseases, sexual factors and prostate cancer: A review of literature

Basil H Aboul-Enein, The University of Texas School of Public Health


A review of literature was carried out regarding sexually related factors, sexually transmissible diseases (STD's) and infections with prostate cancer (PC) development risk. The review of literature, in conjunction with the tabulation of studies, suggested that ejaculation and circumcision may play a protective role in the development of PC and that multiple sex partners and an active sex life may play a causal role in the development of PC which may negate and counteract the protective effects of ejaculation and circumcision. HIV infection may plausibly play a function in deteriorating and compromising immune controls on carcinogenesis. Because of the coexistence of a highly active sexual lifestyle and sexual promiscuity with the growing occurence of STD's, their maybe a correlation with the high incidence of prostate cancer in the United States. Potential multi-institutional studies are warranted to confirm the high incidence of this neoplasm with the increasing cases of STD's and if in fact there is a proportional association to further elucidate the factors responsible for its high incidence.

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Aboul-Enein, Basil H, "Sexually transmissible diseases, sexual factors and prostate cancer: A review of literature" (2008). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1457457.