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Study Links Promiscuity, Prostate Cancer

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FLINT, Mich., May 09, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A study at the University of Michigan finds that men with honorthea and those with many sexual partners are more likely to get prostate cancerr.

The Flint Men's Health Study results were presented Sunday to the American Urological Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

The study is part of an effort to find out why African-American men are twice as likely to develop and die from prostate cancer.

Researchers at the University Health System asked 703 black men without prostate cancer and 129 men with the disease about their sexual habits, including number of partners, frequency of intercourse, age of first intercourse and history of sexually transmitted disease.

The group found that men with more than 25 sexual partners in the course of a lifetime are 2.5 times as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than men with five or fewer partners. They also discovered that 65 percent of the men with prostate cancer had a history of gonorrhea, while only 51 percent of those without prostate cancer had suffered from the diasease.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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