Men with a history of gonorrhoea are more likely to develop prostate cancer, according to new research.
A study of African-American men between the ages of 40 and 79 found that those patients who had a history of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) were 78 per cent more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who had never had the disease, Reuters Health reports.
The research, which is published in the Journal of Urology, also found that men who reported having 25 or more sexual partners were nearly three times more likely to develop the cancer than men who claimed to have had five partners or less.
It is thought that the chronic inflammation caused by the infection in the prostate gland may promote the development of tumours over time.
Lead author Dr Aruna Sarma, assistant research scientist in urology at the University of Michigan, told Reuters Health that the findings suggested a role for sexually transmitted factors in prostate cancer risk, providing another vital incentive for men to go for regular sexual health checkups.