Symptoms, Tests, Diagnosis, and Treatments for Prostate Cancer
Dr. Y. Mark Hong is a world-class surgeon who treats men with prostate cancer in Phoenix, AZ. The Center for Disease Control reports that aside from melanoma, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, and a leading cause of death. The disease mostly affects men age 40 and over, with six out 10 cases being found in men over 65. Research shows that one out of every seven men will have a prostate cancer diagnosis at some point.
Prostate cancer is common. Annual screenings can save your life.
Potential Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
If you have been experiencing pain in the lower abdomen, sudden urges to urinate, or urinary urgency that has resulted in little to no urination, you should seek testing now. Because many men do not show symptoms of prostate cancer, it is important to undergo annual screenings, especially as you grow older, because early detection and treatment result in a higher success rate. The five-year survival rate for all stages of prostate cancer is nearly 100 percent; the 15-year survival rate is 95 percent. An individual’s potential for successful treatment depends in part on the severity of the disease when treatment begins.
Because many men don’t show symptoms of prostate cancer, it is important to undergo annual screenings, especially as you grow older, because early detection and treatment result in a higher success rate.
Found only in men, the prostate is a round organ located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate makes seminal fluid that protects sperm cells in semen. As men age, the prostate slowly grows in size, resulting in pressure on the urethra, a condition known as BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia. BPH is not cancer, but it is a cause for concern that should prompt testing. Early or newly formed cancer has no signs or symptoms. More advanced stages of prostate cancer have symptoms that may include:
- Problems urinating
- Slow or weak urine flow
- The need to urinate more often
- Blood in the urine
- Trouble achieving an erection
- Pain in the back, hips, and chest
- Weakness or numbness in legs or feet
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Treatment of Prostate Cancer
Most men should visit their doctor annually for a health screening, which may include a test for prostate cancer. This can be performed via blood testing and by examining the prostate itself. If your test results are abnormal, Dr. Hong will conduct further tests, including a biopsy, to determine the severity before suggesting treatment.
There are many options for treating prostate cancer. Treatment does not follow the one-size-fits-all concept. Consulting with Dr. Hong will help you determine the best treatment or combination of treatments for your case. Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the cancer treatments that most are familiar with, but there are other options. Depending on your needs, Dr. Hong may recommend:
- Robotic surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Vaccine treatment
- Targeted therapies
Schedule an Appointment Today
In 2016, it is estimated that over 26,000 men will die of prostate cancer. Don’t delay screening and testing. Dr. Hong has the necessary knowledge and experience to test patients for prostate cancer, diagnose the disease, and provide various types of treatment. Contact one of our Phoenix, AZ, office locations to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hong today. He will be happy to answer all of your questions about prevention, testing, and treatment for prostate cancer.