SHOCKING: Prostate cancer may be sexually transmitted
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/20/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Solid evidence and proof remains lacking - but there are a growing number of researchers who now say that prostate cancer may be sexually transmitted. They maintain that a common, yet often silent infection passed on during intercourse may cause the condition.
In trichomoniasis, females may notice itching or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urination, or a discharge with an unpleasant fishy smell.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the meantime, Cancer Research U.K. says it's far too early to add prostate cancer to this list.
In the meantime, University of California scientists tested human prostate cells in the lab. Trichomoniasis, a sex infection reportedly aided cancer growth.
More research is now needed to confirm the link, they say in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Trichomoniasis is believed to infect some 275 million people worldwide and is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection. A patient may have no symptoms and be unaware that they have it.
Men may feel itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or a white discharge from the penis. Females may notice itching or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urination, or a discharge with an unpleasant fishy smell.
It's not the first time that a link between trichomoniasis and prostate cancer has been suggested. A study in 2009 found a quarter of men with prostate cancer showed signs of trichomoniasis, and these men were more likely to have advanced tumors.
The more recent study suggests that the sexually transmitted infection might make men more vulnerable to prostate cancer. There is no definite proof of such a link.
Professor Patricia Johnson and colleagues found the parasite that causes trichomoniasis, Trichomonas vaginalis, secretes a protein that causes inflammation and increased growth and invasion of benign and cancerous prostate cells.
More studies should follow to further explore this finding, as we still do not know what causes prostate cancer.
"This study suggests a possible way the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis could encourage prostate cancer cells to grow and develop more quickly," Nicola Smith, health information officer at Cancer Research U.K. says.
"But the research was only done in the lab, and previous evidence in patients failed to show a clear link between prostate cancer and this common sexually transmitted infection.
"There's been a lot of research into prostate cancer risk and we're working hard to piece together the puzzle.
"But there are still no known lifestyle factors that seem to affect the risk of developing the disease - and no convincing evidence for a link with infection.
"The risk of prostate cancer is known to increase with age."
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JANUARY 2018
Religious Minorities in Asia. That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.
A century after pandemic flu killed 100 million people around the world, another flu pandemic has blanketed the United States and is ... continue reading
Within the next 10-20 years, a new and controversial fertility technology called in vitro gametogenesis could make it possible to ... continue reading
An Australian man whose friends call him 'Dr. Death,' has invented a 3D printable suicide machine. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading
What does it feel like to die? This is a question that everyone has, but few people can answer. Now, a growing body of scientific and ... continue reading
In 2013, Beyonce Knowles topped GQ's list of "The 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century." San Francisco, CA (CNA/EWTN News) - That same ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Why are the youth leaving the Church?
- Pope Francis: Faith is an adventure!
- Daily Reading for Saturday, January 20th, 2018 HD Video
- Jobless claims are down - what does that mean for workers? HD Video
- Daily Readings for Friday, January 19, 2018
- Jobless claims historic low! - Why workers are getting raises this ...
- St. Fillan: Saint of the Day for Friday, January 19, 2018
- Daily Reading for Friday, January 19th, 2018 HD
- North and South Korea agree to march together at the Olympics with first ever joint team HD
- CDC: Swine flu joining killer influenza outbreak, expected to become more severe HD
- Daily Reading for Thursday, January 18th, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way