Prostate cancer can be a complication of venereal disease.
Scientists from the University of California tested human prostate cells in laboratories. They discovered a sexually transmitted infection called trichomoniasis, which they believed stimulated the growth of cancer.
Trichomoniasis is estimated to affect 275 million people worldwide and is the most common sexually transmitted non-viral infection. Often symptoms are absent, and the person may not even suspect that they are infected.
Men may experience itching or irritation in the penis itself, as well as burning during urination and ejaculation. There may also be whitish discharge from the male genital organs.
Women may experience itching or pain in the genital area, discomfort during urination or discharge with an unpleasant fishy smell.
This study is not the first to show a link between trichomoniasis and prostate cancer. Another 2021 study found that a quarter of men with prostate cancer reported symptoms characteristic of this infection. In these patients, widespread tumors were also registered.
Researchers have also found that the parasites that cause the infection secrete a protein that causes inflammation and increases the growth of benign and cancerous prostate cells.