You cannot transmit cancer from yourself to another person. It is believed that certain viruses, bacteria, and sexually transmitted diseases are somehow related to the development of some forms of cancer. It is not really known what causes prostate cancer, but it believed that prostate cancer in some men could be caused by a sexually transmitted disease. Researchers have discovered that some forms of aggressive prostate cancers have a virus within the blood stream and the cells of the prostate and in the seminal fluid. It is believed that the virus can be transmitted to other males through sexual contact. Prostate cancer has been compared to cervical cancer in women; both types of cancer are associated with viruses.
Previous contact Trichomonas vaginalis
Some men with prostate cancer have had a sexually transmitted disease transmitted from females to males called Trichomonas vaginalis. The most likely males to contract the T-vaginalis parasite are between the ages of 25 to 39. Trichomonas vaginalis is a type of parasite that can travel through the male urethra to the prostate from unprotected sex. A woman with Trichomonas may or may not have symptoms. An infected man may not experience symptoms either. This organism can lie in wait and cause an aggressive form of prostate cancer later on in a man’s life. Trichomonas can be spread between bisexual men if the males are uncircumcised. Circumcised men are less likely to spread the disease. Trichomonas vaginalis is not a virus; it is a protozoan, a type of single celled parasite.
Previous contact with syphilis
There seems to be a higher incidence of prostate cancer among men who have had syphilis sometime in their lives. A study was done with 132 men in June of 2006 at a cancer screening clinic at a university hospital in Nigeria. Men with normal Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) were least likely likely to have ever had syphilis. Thus, men who have had syphilis were more likely to have elevated PSA tests. This does not mean that a person can cause another person to develop cancer. This test just indicates that men with an STI, such as syphilis can have abnormal PSA’s and be at risk for prostate cancer.
Previous contact with gonorrhea
Just like with other sexually transmitted diseases, a man can be at risk of developing prostate cancer. Gonorrhea can cause constant inflammation of the prostate gland, which can increase the chances of developing a cancerous tumor of the prostate later on in life. Because STD’s such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and other infections can cause a chronic inflammation to the prostate, called prostatitis, it is recommended that men always wear a condom. Chronic irritation to the prostate gland could set up the conditions to develop a very aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is most prevalent with uncircumcised men, and Jews, who are circumcised, have the lowest incidence of prostate cancer. The uncircumcised penis is more likely to carry microorganisms and viruses such as HPV. Unprotected male to female and male to male sex with an uncircumcised male may increase the risk of prostate cancer. The organisms can cause prolonged inflammation that may increase the likelihood of developing prostatitis and prostate cancer. Uncircumcised men who have unprotected sex with multiple partners are more at risk for inflammation of the prostate and eventual prostate cancer, as compared to circumcised men who are monogamous.
It is important for all males to wear a condom when having sex with different people. Never assume a person is free of disease and have unprotected sex. The person you are having sex with could have an STD and not even know it. You might feel that it is a bother to put on a condom, but when you don’t know where your partner has been, it is safer to always use a condom. Your sexual behavior in your younger life could have a negative outcome in your later life, if you should develop prostate cancer.