Link between sex and cancer fake news

Prof Jayne Lucke

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Prof Jayne Lucke

Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University; Honorary Professor, The University of Queensland's School of Public Health

Prof Jayne Lucke

A recently published study claims to have found a link between having had ten or more sexual partners and an increased risk of cancer. But it’s not as simple as that.

While having a sexually transmissible infection (STI) can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, using a person’s lifetime number of sexual partners as a marker of their likely sexual health history is one of several flaws in this research.

The evidence from this study isn’t strong enough to conclude that having had multiple sexual partners increases a person’s risk of cancer.

Misinterpreting these findings could lead to stigma around STIs and having multiple sexual partners.

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