Greater exposure to #STDs

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
by: Zoey Sky
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Smith – who is also the director of research at the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University in England – said that having many sexual partners also increases your risk of getting STDs. The study suggests an association, but it didn’t prove that having more sexual partners throughout one’s lifetime was directly responsible for the greater likelihood of developing cancer.

But data indicates a link between “a more promiscuous lifestyle” and other behaviors that may increase your risk of being diagnosed with cancer. For example, male and female volunteers with more sexual partners were often younger and unmarried. They were also more likely to smoke and consume alcohol frequently.

Robert Edwards, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said that habits like smoking and alcohol consumption both increased the risk for cancer, along with certain STDs.

Smith also offered a suggestion for people with very active sex lives, saying that those who have had “risky sexual encounters” must consult their health care providers to get checked for potential STDs and discuss how to minimize this risk. Smith concluded that using “appropriate protection” is one of the most effective methods of lowering your risk of related cancers.