According to the latest research on prostate cancer prevention, it’s important to be proactive and consult with a doctor to establish a prostate cancer screening schedule. The choice of screening options should make sense and take into consideration the personal risk factors and family history. Exactly when screening starts depends on a number of considerations, primarily based on statistics of prostate cancer and how it occurs among different population groups. Some important considerations include;
- Family history of prostate, ovarian, breast, colon, or pancreatic cancers among male and female relatives
- African ancestry
- Where a person lives
Watch for These Signs
More often than not, there are not fast and true warning signs for prostate cancer. That is because, an active prostate tumor usually does not push against anything to cause pain, so the disease can go undetected for years. However, there are certain signs and symptoms that are important to bring to a doctor’s attention. In some cases, prostate cancer can cause symptoms that include:
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night, sometimes urgently
- Difficulty starting or holding back urination
- Weak, dribbling, or interrupted flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
- Difficulty in having an erection
- A decrease in the amount of fluid ejaculated
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pressure or pain in the rectum
- Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs
Sudden onset of any of these symptoms merits a call to the doctor.
Be Frank With Your Doctor
Sharing sensitive health information isn’t the easiest thing to do in some cases. Many of us feel that health concerns is a private matter, and many people feel embarrassed about health problems. In some families and cultures, it’s taboo to discuss personal problems, particularly health related.
The latest cancer research offers new information about the interplay between genes, cancer, and cancer treatments. Research points out that certain types of cancer are much more prevalent in people with specific genetic mutations. This means that a blood relative who experiences cancer—even if they are the first or only relative diagnosed—could have an effect on your health. It’s a good idea to think about a more aggressive screening regimen or ordering a genetic test when there is a history of cancer in the family. Of particular important is; breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers as these are known to arise in families sharing certain genetic mutations.
Genetic tests are relatively new, but they represent a a way to get ahead of cancer. Some of the newest cancer treatments are even keyed to specific mutations. This information is helpful when treating people who carry a given mutation who may benefit from a specific drug targeted to that mutation.
Success in treating prostate cancer can depend on early detection. This is why taking the time to develop an individualized screening plan can help maintain a positive path to long-lasting prostate health.
About California HIFU and Dr. Lazar
Dr. Michael Lazar offers a HIFU Program in partnership with HIFU Prostate Services, LLC (HPS). HIFU Prostate Services, LLC (HPS) is a leading provider of minimally-invasive prostate cancer treatments using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). HIFU prostate treatments are performed at San Francisco Surgery Center (SFSC). SFSC offers patients a state-of-the-art facility that is convenient to hotels and the airport.
Call Dr. Lazar at (707) 546-5553 for more information and to learn if you qualify , or simply fill out and submit the online form here.