Can Women Get Prostate Cancer?

Prostate recently overtook breast as the biggest cancer killer in the UK.

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It affects the prostate which is a part of the male anatomy which secretes the alkaline milky fluid that makes up about 30% of a man’s semen.

For this reason, it’s considered a mostly male cancer.

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Anatomy of prostate gland (Picture: Getty)

This isn’t necessarily the case, though.

While the prostate is only present in men, women have a ‘prostate gland’ of sorts too.

The Skene’s gland is located just below the urethra in women, and serves the purpose of secreting fluid that lubricates the urethra (with some sources claiming that this may have anti-microbial properties).

When females ejaculate, this fluid is released from the Skene’s gland.

The main similarity with the male prostate in that they both produce PSA (prostate-specific antigen).

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(Picture: Getty Images)

Although prostate cancer in men is somewhat common, Skene’s gland cancer is found in less than 0.003 per cent of all genital cancers in women.

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So while it is possible for females to get a form of prostate cancer, it’s extremely rare.

It tends to occur in older women, and has links to HPV infection, smoking, and some hormonal medications.

Signs to look out for include:

  • painful or frequent urination, or difficulty passing urine
  • blood in your urine, or passing blood from your urethra
  • painful sexual intercourse
  • feeling of pressure behind the pubic bones
  • abnormal menstrual cycle, or sudden changes to your menstrual cycle

These symptoms could be a number of things, so don’t be too worried and see you’re GP for checkups whenever you feel is necessary.

Women can’t get prostate cancer in the standard sense, but there are a number of cancers that we should be aware of.

Essentially, if you’ve noticed any changes in your body, see your doctor. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Source : https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/07/can-women-get-prostate-cancer-7369247/

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