We used data from a population-based case-control study to evaluate Janerich's hypothesis that reduced risk of breast cancer in women with multiple marriages may be attributable to an immune response to fetal or sperm antigens. Risk of breast cancer in women with multiple marriages was reduced relative to that in women who had been married only once; however, there was no indication that such risk was reduced among women whose full-term pregnancies were fathered by different men, relative to women whose pregnancies were each fathered by the same man. Increasing lifetime number of male sexual partners was associated with a trend of decreasing risk of breast cancer. Our results indicate that, if there are effects of exposure to fetal or male antigens on risk of female breast cancer, their impact may be heterogeneous. Abstract We used data from a population-based case-control study to evaluate Janerich's hypothesis that reduced risk of breast cancer in women with multiple marriages may be attributable to an immune response to fetal or sperm antigens. Publication types Research Support, U.
Fantasy as the facts of life
Is Sperm Good For You? 14 Claims About Semen's Health Benefits, Examined
The web page was developed by Brandon Williamson, a junior at North Carolina State University, and for his student friends and family. Williamson wrote a humorous news story that claimed to be based on research, which stated "Fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women", and emailed it to his friends and family. The story, which carried an Associated Press byline, claimed the study had been published by the Journal of Medicine. The page also carried links to pretend CNN stories, as well as the news provider's copyright.
Doctors had never suspected a link between the act of fellatio and breast cancer, but new research being performed is starting to suggest that there could be an important link between the two. In a study of over 15, women suspected of having performed regular fellatio over the past ten years, the researchers found that those actually having performed the act regularly, one to two times a week, had a lower occurance of breast cancer than those who had not. There was no increased risk, however, for those who did not regularly perform. After the article was popularized on the web in October , reaching the inboxes of many people who failed to realize it was a spoof and fooling some foreign newspapers, who apparently ran the article as a genuine news story , CNN and the Associated Press AP claimed it constituted an infringment of their intellectual property rights. Accordingly, Mr.
The story was published in newspapers from Chile to Croatia, reporting that women who swallow semen on a regular basis may reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 40 per cent. This was according to a North Carolina State University study. One of the researchers, Dr Helena Shifteer, was quoted saying that, since the results have been known: "I try to fellate at least once every other night to reduce my chances. It was a spoof. And a mighty successful one.