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Number of sexual partners linked to cancer risk

Key clinical point: Lifetime number of sexual partners may be an important risk factor for developing cancer in older adults.

Major finding: Compared with having 0-1 sexual partners, a lifetime history of 10 or more sexual partners was associated with a greater risk of reported cancer in both men (OR, 1.69) and women (OR, 1.91).

Study details: An exploratory analysis of data for 5,722 older adults from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

Disclosures: No funding sources were reported. The authors reported having no conflicts of interest.


Grabovac I et al. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2020 Feb 13. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2019-200352.