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Anal Cancer; can you get it by masturbating
Nov 8, 2002

This is a simple but very serious question. Since you can contract anal cancer from homosexual activity, is it possible to also contract anal cancer from excessive masturbation only?

Sincerely,

Francis

Response from Dr. Dezube

You can NOT get anal cancer from masturbating. In fact, you can not get any cancer from masturbating. Masturbation is a completely safe activity. Most cases of anal cancer in gay men are caused by the HPV virus (human papillomavirus, also known as the wart virus). Gay men acquire HPV infection through sexual transmission. There is no way that HPV can be transmitted through self-masturbation.


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