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Prostate Cancer and Sexual Intimacy

Posted May 12 2009 6:15pm

They did it again! In this morning's Daily Mail Online - UK, a journalist wrote a very comprehensive article on how male sexuality can offset all kinds of disorders ranging from prostate cancer to heart health. But they missed the main point.

Here's a rehash of what I wrote in a letter to the editor of the Daily Mail: It should be underscored that sexual behavior, while important for avoiding or at least possibly reducing health complications, has its greatest significance as a means of enhancing the physical, emotional and spiritual bonds between a man and his spouse or partner.

As singer Tina Turner famously put it, "What's love got to do with it?" The answer is: plenty! It's vital that, to be even more comprehensive, journalists should go beyond the mechanics of sex and also discuss this topic in the context of interpersonal relationships.

Readers, we welcome your comments: How does sexual activity benefit people, in general and in particular? Apart from sex as a physical outlet and as a way to reinforce intimacy, what other social needs does sexual behavior meet?

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