Could Prostate Cancer Be Transmitted Through Intercourse?

Could Prostate Cancer Be Transmitted Through Intercourse?

man-at-doctorEach year, thousands of men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer. While tens of thousands of those men will survive the cancer and live a normal life, there are tens of thousands more that lose their battle. With each passing clinical trial and rounds of new research, there is new news coming out – both positive and negative – that affects these thousands of men each year. One of the latest news to come out about prostate cancer is the fact that it could be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

There is some preliminary research that is giving the idea of prostate cancer being sexually transmitted. There is more research that will need to be done before this is taken more seriously, but it is a start in the right direction.

There are some forms of cancer that can be transmitted because of infections and while there is some information about this being possible, there are those who either disagree with the results or are not ready to believe the information to be true.

The Study

Researchers at the University of California tested human prostate cells in their lab and came up with the results. During their research, they found that there is a sexual infection that can actually aid prostate growth called trichomoniasis. Researchers from the school reported their findings in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also reported that they believe that more research needs to be conducted to confirm the link of trichomoniasis and prostate cancer.

While the findings of this study are gaining traction around the world, it isn’t the first study that suggested a possible link between trichomoniasis and prostate cancer. In 2009, a study revealed that more than 25 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer also had sings of trichomoniasis. The 2009 study also showed that men with the infection were also more likely to have larger and more advanced tumors.

The actual study conducted stated that the sexually transmitted infection would make men more vulnerable to prostate cancer, but they also went as far as to say that was no definitive link. More research is needed for many things prostate cancer related, especially the cause of prostate cancer. If and when the cause of prostate cancer is found, it will make the process of finding the direct correlation between the infection and the cancer.


This unknown sex infection isn’t one that only affects a handful of people around the world. It is an infection that affects a reported 275 million people around the world and is actually the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection.

When a person develops this infection, there are usually no symptoms  and the person may not even know there is a problem. When a man develops the infection, they may feel burning after urination or ejaculation, have a white discharge come from the penis, and itching or irritation inside the penis.

If a women develops the infection, they may begin to feel soreness of their genitals, itching, discharge with a potent fishy smell, and discomfort with urination.

Trichomoniasis Vaginalis

A parasite called the trichomoniasis vaginalis is what actually causes the initial infection. This parasite lets out a protein that causes inflammation and increased growth, as well as the invasion of cancerous and benign prostate cells.

The Arguing Point

Cancer Research UK health information officer, Nicola Smith, said that “This study suggests a possible way the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis could encourage prostate cancer cells to grow and develop more quickly.” Smith added that “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.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer to affect men around the world, trailing only skin cancer. Over the years, more than two million people have been able to call themselves prostate cancer survivors. When you look at the fact that one in every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the number of survivors is an astounding number.

Just like most new research that comes out about prostate cancer, it will take several years to fully comprehend and understand this study, the correlation between the sex infection, and what can be done to prevent the development of prostate cancer in the male body.

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