Prostate cancer is one type of cancer that has a very good survival rate if it is treated early. Because one out of every five men will develop prostate cancer at some point, it is important for all men to have regular examinations.
Dr. Joe Schultz, of Springhill Medical Center's Urology and Oncology Specialist talked with Studio 10 about the importance of being tested for prostate cancer.
Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms and is found by a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test and/or DRE (digital rectal exam). Some advanced prostate cancers can slow or weaken your urinary stream or make you need to urinate more often. But non-cancerous diseases of the prostate, such as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) can also often cause these symptoms.
When symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Inability to urinate
- Trouble starting or holding back urination
- A weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Painful ejaculation
- Frequent pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs
Dr. Schulz also talks about a breakthrough medical device at Springhill Medical Center called the Da Vinci Robot. It's used to safely and efficiently treat prostate cancer patients.
For more information you can go to their website www.uospc.com or talk to your doctor.
Urology and Oncology Specialists, P.C.
3715 Dauphin St., Building 3, Suite 100
Mobile, AL 36608
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