Prostate Cancer is a Women’s Problem?
The American Cancer Society states that after skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. One out of every six men in America is at risk of developing prostate cancer by the age 50 or younger.
While these statistics are overwhelming for men, is prostate cancer also a problem for women and what do they need to know about the disease?
Do women have a prostate gland?
Women don’t have a prostate gland. However, there is a small gland or group of glands on the front side of the vagina called “Skene’s glands” or “Skene’s ducts”, whose structure and functions are very much similar to the prostate gland in males.
Cancer of the Skene’s glands is rare. According to a decade-old study, the incidence rate of Skene’s glands cancer in females is very low, i.e, it only accounts for 0.003 percent of all cancers in women. A possible symptom is long-term bleeding out of your urethra. Please contact a local oncologist immediately if you think you may have cancer.
Is prostate cancer not a women’s problem, then?
Given the prevalance of prostate cancer amongt men, it is probable that at some stage in her life a woman’s partner, father, brother or other close person in her life will be affected by the disease. It is therefore important for everyone to be educated about prostate cancer.
If you want to read more about prostate cancer, PSA levels and diagnostic and treatment options, here are some articles that could be useful:
- What women need to know about prostate cancer
- Your man has prostate cancer
- 5 Things to know about PSA numbers
- Five Prostate Cancer Treament Options
If you have any further questions concerning prostate cancer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialists. We are happy to help you.