Men who have lots of sex in their 20s and 30s may pay a price down the road.

A study from Nottingham University in England found these men run a higher risk of prostate cancer, the BBC reported Monday.

Researchers looked at 800 men, half of whom had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and asked how often they had sex or masturbated.

What they found was that men who were more sexually active in their younger years had a higher risk of developing cancer later in life.

Researchers said it was possible that higher levels of sex hormones in some men were responsible for a high sex drive in their 20s and 30s, and for the development of prostate cancer later in life.

"Hormones appear to play a key role in prostate cancer and it is very common to treat men with therapy to reduce the hormones thought to stimulate the cancer cells,” said Dr. Polyxeni Dimitropoulou, who led the study, which is published in the January issue of BJU International.

Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. It’s estimated that nearly 190,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 with more than 28,000 deaths occurring as a result, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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