Does a Woman have a Prostate as Men's Health magazine claims?

Menstuff® has compiled the following from Men's Health magazine and the American Cancer Societies response. We tried to get Men's Health magazine to respond and clarify by an e-mail, fax and snail mail has produced no results to date. So, we contacted a number of physicians plus the American Cancer Society. No one was able to find anything on the subject. So, we conclude that, while breast cancer kills both women and men, prostate cancer only kills men. It's been almost a year since we asked Men's Health, "What's Up?" and no response to date.

Men's Health Magazine's Story
American Cancer Society Response

Men's Health Magazine Story

The average woman's chance of dying of prostate cancer - 0.001% You read it right: Women have prostates, or so Men's Health magazine claims. And they can even develop prostate cancer, although it's rarer than rare.
Source: Men's Health Magazine, 5/03

American Cancer Society Response

Thank you for contacting your American Cancer Society. My name is Donna, I am an oncology nurse and I will be assisting you.

Please accept our apology on our delayed response time. Your American Cancer Society strives to answer questions in a timely fashion. Our e-mail center is working on methods to improve our response time.

If we understand your inquiry correctly, you are seeking validation on a statement that indicates a woman's chance of dying from prostate cancer.

The prostate, found only in men, is a walnut-sized gland located in front of the rectum, at the outlet of the bladder (underneath the bladder). It contains gland cells that produce some of the seminal fluid, which protects and nourishes sperm cells in semen. The prostate surrounds the first part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine and semen through the penis.

As the prostate is only found in men, only men can develop cancer of the gland. Therefore, women are not at risk of developing or dying from prostate cancer.

We hope this information proves helpful.

Please contact your American Cancer Society if we can be of further assistance. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please contact us via the World Wide Web at or call 1-800-ACS-2345. Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or

Source:American Cancer Society  

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