It’s a difficult subject to think and talk about. But at some point, men at age 50—as that’s when most prostate issues begin to surface—should start talking to their doctor about screening for prostate cancer.
The prostate is a small gland located below your bladder and in front of your rectum. This gland surrounds the tube that transports urine from the bladder out of your body. As a man’s prostate gland increases in size, it grows outward, making it difficult to urinate. There can be several reasons for this.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in American men. And because age and genetics—two things you can’t control—are the most common risk factors, it’s important to get screened by a urologist if you notice any of the following symptoms.
- Blood in the urine or bone pain or tenderness, most often in the lower back and pelvic bones
- Delayed or slowed start of urinary stream
- Leakage of urine after urinating
- Slow urinary stream
Since cancer isn’t the only prostate concern, urologists will usually conduct several tests to ensure something else isn’t causing the symptoms.
An enlarged prostate—benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—is another common occurrence in men over 50. Many times, the symptoms associated with BPH are similar to those associated with prostate cancer. In addition, urgency or not being able to urinate could be a sign of a urinary tract infection. Blood in urine could mean a bladder stone or bladder cancer, or symptoms could also indicate a condition called prostatitis—an inflammation of the prostate gland.
A large majority of men will deal with prostate enlargement in their lifetime, and, if left untreated, some symptoms can have long-term effects. That’s why it’s so important to talk to your doctor about any symptoms and get yearly screenings.
David M. Sisul, MD, Sees Patients in Idaho Falls
Dr. Sisul is a highly trained urologist at Bingham Memorial Urology. His focus is in using the latest in minimally invasive technology, most notably the da Vinci robotic system and GreenLight laser therapy, for urologic disease management. His main interests lie in prostate cancer, enlarged prostates, and male sexual dysfunction (impotence). Additionally, he manages disorders of the full urologic spectrum, including bladder and kidney cancer, kidney stones, incontinence, urinary tract infections, and voiding dysfunction.
J. David Sule, MD, Sees Patients in Pocatello
If you or a loved one has any questions, Dr. Sisul sees patients in Idaho Falls & Blackfoot. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sisul by calling (208) 535-3626.
If you or a loved one have any questions, Dr. Sule sees patients in Pocatello. His office is located at: 1595 Bannock Highway. There’s no need to suffer from urology issues any longer—schedule a consultation with Dr. Sule by calling (208) 233-8770.