Fast Facts about Prostate Cancer:
- Every three minutes, a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
- Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in men in the United States.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer:
Prostate cancer doesn’t always produce symptoms but when it does, the following are among the most common:
- Difficulty urinating including a weak or stop-and-go stream
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Pain or burning during urination
- Blood in urine or semen
- Persistent pain in the back, hips or pelvis
Some symptoms can be associated with non-cancerous conditions. That’s why it’s important to see a urologist.
Should You Be Screened?
Men at average risk of developing prostate cancer should start getting annually screened at age 55 says the American Urological Association. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer — they have a father, brother or son with the disease — should start earlier, at age 40. That’s because they are at a higher risk of developing the disease. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or South County Urological.
When It's Time to Schedule Your Annual Prostate Exam:
We don't just treat symptoms; we look for their causes.
Sometimes, prostate cancer mimics other conditions, such as an enlarged prostate. Likewise, ED may be caused by undiagnosed diabetes or heart disease. That’s why we do a thorough work up at South County Urological. We conduct a digital rectal exam and PSA blood test. We will also examine your urine for the presence of blood that could indicate a kidney stone. Patients are also given a symptom checklist to help us determine the severity of urinary problems or level of erection dysfunction.
You can expect more from South County Urological because we do more.