Study: Fellatio may significantly decrease the
risk of breast cancer in women
Friday, October 3, 2003 Posted: 9:19 AM EDT
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who perform the act of fellatio and swallow semen on a regular
basis, one to two times a week, may reduce their risk of breast
cancer by up to 40 percent, a North Carolina State University
Doctors had never suspected a link between the
act of fellatio and breast cancer, but new research being performed
at North Carolina State University is starting to suggest that
there could be an important link between the two.
a study of over 15,000 women suspected of having performed regular
fellatio and swallowed the ejaculatory fluid, over the past ten
years, the researchers found that those actually having performed
the act regularly, one to two times a week, had a lower occurance
of breast cancer than those who had not. There was no increased
risk, however, for those who did not regularly perform.
think it removes the last shade of doubt that fellatio is actually
a healthy act," said Dr. A.J. Kramer of Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine, who was not involved in the research. "I am surprised
by these findings, but am also excited that the researchers may
have discovered a relatively easy way to lower the occurance of
breast cancer in women."
University researchers stressed that, though breast cancer is
relatively uncommon, any steps taken to reduce the risk would
be a wise decision.
"Only with regular occurance will your chances
be reduced, so I encourage all women out there to make fellatio
an important part of their daily routine," said Dr. Helena Shifteer,
one of the researchers at the University. "Since the emergence
of the research, I try to fellate at least once every other night
to reduce my chances."
study is reported in Friday's Journal of Medical Research.
1991, 43,582 women died of breast cancer, as reported by the National
Len Lictepeen, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer
Society, said women should not overlook or "play down" these findings.
"This will hopefully change women's practice and
patterns, resulting in a severe drop in the future number of cases,"
Sooner said the research shows no increase in
the risk of breast cancer in those who are, for whatever reason,
not able to fellate regularly.
"There's definitely fertile ground for more research.
Many have stepped forward to volunteer for related research now
in the planning stages," he said.
Almost every woman is, at some point, going to
perform the act of fellatio, but it is the frequency at which
this event occurs that makes the difference, say researchers.
Also key seems to be the protein and enzyme count in the semen,
but researchers are again waiting for more test data.
reasearch consisted of two groups, 6,246 women ages 25 to 45 who
had performed fellatio and swallowed on a regular basis over the
past five to ten years, and 9,728 women who had not or did not
swallow. The group of women who had performed and swallowed had
a breast cancer rate of 1.9 percent and the group who had not
had a breast cancer rate of 10.4 percent.
"The findings do suggest that there are other
causes for breast cancer besides the absence of regular fellatio,"
Shafteer said. "It's a cause, not THE cause."
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