Research points to possible link between common STI and prostate cancer

New research suggests a link between prostate cancer and a common sexually-transmitted infection

There is an accumulating body of evidence suggesting that a very common sexually transmitted disease could be contributing to the spread of prostate cancer in men.

The STD is trichomoniasis, also called trichomonas, a parasite.  

What is troublesome is that half the people infected don't have any symptoms so they could be passing it on for years if they aren't using condoms.

Trichomonas is the number one STD in women.  Women run a greater risk of complications during pregnancy and HIV because of the parasite.

There's a new study of the University of California which supports previous research that this STD activates several proteins including the protein PIM-1, which promotes the growth of cancer cells, particularly cancer cells in the prostate.

These researchers acknowledge that more study is needed to confirm the link.  
Other studies have indicated this parasite may be responsible for 25 to 40 percent of all prostate cancer, especially the rapidly advancing type.

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  1. john posted on 05/20/2014 11:26 AM
    why is this news ? i have known this for years . thay found a link between the 2 long ago .
    1. Will posted on 05/20/2014 02:35 PM
      @john I consider myself well informed (or at least well read), but I haven't heard of this until now.

      The link between HPV and cervical cancer has been known for many years, but no similar link has been found with men, until now.

      If there had been a prior story, perhaps it was to announce the beginning of the University of California study whose results are being widely released now? Either that, or you're a doctor, and you read about the study in a research abstract somewhere.
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