The leading type of cancer affecting American men is prostate cancer. Every year, doctors identify approximately 175,000 new cases. At Skyline Urology located in Torrance, California, expert urologists Royal S. Park, MD, and Alec S. Koo, MD, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. To learn more about your prostate health and to access preventive screening, call or use the online booking tool today.
The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that plays an important role in a man’s reproductive health. It works in coordination with the seminal vesicles to produce seminal fluid, a liquid that nourishes and transports sperm in semen.
The majority of prostate cancers develop in the gland cells of the prostate and grow slowly, but early intervention and treatment are still crucial to recovery.
In its early stages, prostate cancer presents very few obvious symptoms, which is why the team at Skyline Urology recommends preventive screening. As the condition progresses, telltale signs include:
Because of the prostate’s proximity to the urethra and bladder, many men also experience urinary problems, including burning during urination or a frequent urge to go. You may also experience bloody urine or trouble controlling your stream.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent prostate cancer entirely. However, there’s plenty you can do to lower your risk.
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole-grains ensures your body accesses the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs. Plus, it’s a good first step toward general well-being.
Research suggests men who don’t exercise regularly also have higher prostate-specific antigen or PSA levels. PSA is a protein produced by cells in your prostate, and high PSA levels often indicate prostate cancer.
Try and make time for exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise every week.
Men are less likely than women to visit the doctor for regular preventive exams. Even if you feel good, it’s important to schedule a routine physical at least once every year. This is especially true if you have a family history of prostate cancer.
There are two main tests used to identify prostate cancer:
PSA screening tests the levels of PSA in your blood. Healthy men typically have a PSA level of 4 nanograms per milliliter of blood, but this varies from patient-to-patient.
A digital rectal exam involves your doctor inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum and feeling for any unusual bumps or growths.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may also recommend diagnostic imaging, a prostate ultrasound, or a prostate biopsy.
To learn more about prostate cancer and your various screening options, call or use the online booking tool and request a consultation at Skyline Urology today.