Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. A Brazilian study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine identified that zoophila (having sex with animals) along with smoking, sex with prostitutes, being nonwhite and several other factors were risk factors for penile cancer.
The conclusions in the study were reached after Brazilian urologists’ surveyed 492 Brazilian men 18 to 80, including 118 who had penile cancer. Surprisingly, 171 of the men admitted having sex with animals. Of them, 44 percent had penile cancer whereas 31.6 did not. The incidence of penile cancer was not associated with the number of times the men had sex with animals nor was there any link between the species of animals involved including mares, sows, cows or chickens.
While the study does not show that sex with animals causes penile cancer, it certainly elevates the risk of developing the disease. One of the authors speculated that abrasions of the penis during sex with animals may explain the link. However, additional research will be necessary before a firm (pardon the pun) conclusion regarding the link between sex with animals and penile cancer can be reached.
Hat tip to the Pharmalot Blog!
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