Study: Sex with animals causes cancer

Yes you read the headline correct. Researchers have come to the conclusion that men who have sex with animals have a greater risk of getting penile cancer. So you may be wondering to yourself where did this research take place and who would admit they had sex with animals?

The study focused on 492 men in rural Brazil who ranged in age from 18 to 80 years old. Some had penile cancer and others were healthy men. Scientists found that 35% of the men in this study reported having sex with animals at some point during their lives.

There were 118 penile cancer patients included in the study. Researchers found 45% of them had sex with animals. Scientists found no association between penile cancer and the number of animals a man had sex with or the type of animal.

The study's lead author, Stenio de Cassio Zequi, a urologist in Sao Paulo, Brazil says sex with animals dates back to ancient times.

"Since time immemorial, this habit has been described in folk music, theater, jokes and oral traditions," Zequi told LiveScience. "In some antique civilizations there were temples or rituals designated for SWA practices."

Zequi says his team of researchers decided to investigate the link after witnessing high rates of penile cancer in rural areas in Brazil. He says he was not surprised that 35% of study participants had had sex with animals.

"We know that in rural zones of our country, and probably worldwide, young men have sexual experiences with domestic animals," he said.

Study published Oct. 24 in Journal of Sexual Medicine

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