The prostate is a small gland beneath a man’s bladder that produces seminal fluid. This fluid nourishes and transports sperm in semen.
Over 99% of prostate cancers develop in the gland cells of the prostate. This type of prostate cancer is called adenocarcinoma. In rare situations, prostate cancer develops in other prostate tissue and is called sarcoma.
The urologists at Summit Urology are skilled at treating all prostate conditions from mild infections to prostate cancers.
Prostate cancer is often symptomless in its early stages, so screening is your best chance of early detection.
Routine prostate cancer screenings are advisable beginning at age 40. These screenings include digital rectal exams (DRE) every year, with the addition of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening blood tests after you hit age 50.
If you have a family history of prostate cancer, you should start getting both the exams and PSA screening blood tests at age 40.
As prostate cancer progresses, symptoms may include:
Because of the proximity to the urethra and bladder, prostate cancer can cause a variety of urinary symptoms. In addition to burning during urination, you may experience frequent urges to go or loss of bladder control. It’s also common to have problems controlling your urine stream, reduced urine flow, or blood in your urine.
Summit Urology has the most advanced diagnostic tools available on-site to help your doctor diagnose your prostate cancer, including state-of-the-art imaging and surgical facilities.
Depending on your symptoms, your urologist can perform prostate ultrasounds and prostate biopsies. Having access to this technology is vital because some prostate conditions have similar symptoms, and proper diagnosis is key to outlining effective treatment.
Some prostate cancer treatments offered by Summit Urology include:
However, some prostate cancers don’t require immediate treatment, so your urologist may recommend watchful waiting and observation.
Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about prostate cancer treatment options through at Summit Urology today.