Do Women Get Prostate Cancer?
Does prostate cancer occur in women?
Although it is known as the disease of men; Just as breast cancer is observed in men, prostate cancer can also be observed in women.
The researchers discovered that the skene glands in women have the same characteristics as the prostate. For example, both prostate and scane glands contain PSA (prostate specific antigen) and PSA phosphatase (PSAP). These enzymes are normally used to monitor the health of men’s prostate gland.
With the discovery that the scane glands also have the same tissue characteristics, the researchers called the scane the “female prostate”. Based on this, it is stated that prostate cancer can also occur in women, although it is very rare. Although the female prostate is a very new discovery, studies have shown that the scane glands play an important role in the female urinary and genital organs. However, MRI scans could not give an idea about how these glands work.
In the studies conducted in 1994 on female prostate cancer, it was reported that it constituted 0.003% of all cancer cases reported in the urinary and genital region in women. Diagnosis of female prostate cancer is difficult. Because pain, itching, weight loss, loss of appetite and anemia due to bleeding in women suggest other common diseases rather than prostate cancer. For example, blood in a woman’s urine suggests more kidney infection or kidney stone than prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer symptoms in women
Findings that should suggest prostate cancer in women are as follows:
Pressure behind the pubic bone
-Pain during urination
-Pain during sex
Cysts can occur in the scane glands in women of all ages. These cysts have no cancer risk.
With Which Diseases Is Female Prostate Cancer Most Confused?
Many doctors describe the female prostate as an infection of the ureter (urinary tract). According to some researchers, there may also be an infection in the scane glands. Skene infection should be treated differently in urinary tract and genital infections. Sex-transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea (gonorrhea) can also spread to the skene glands, that is, to the female prostate gland.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disease that occurs with the imbalance of female hormones responsible for reproduction. These female patients have more testosterone (male hormone) than normal. Skene glands are larger when PCOS is present, and PSA levels are higher, according to research.
Medical News Today, Prostate cancer: Scientists find 63 ‘new genetic markers’, 2018