Bigwig over at Silflay Hraka heard the news that masturbation protects men against prostate cancer, and immediately wondered:

If frequent masturbation is supposed to prevent prostate cancer, why is the term “prostate cancer” present in the language in the first place? Shouldn’t it at least be an oxymoron?

A good question, one which makes me wonder: What was the incidence of prostate cancer prior to the Victorian age invention of the idea that masturbation was evil and dangerous and dirty and shameful?

It would be an eye opener if it turned out that prostate cancer is largely the byproduct of a religious and social mania of relatively modern invention.