Cal Ripken Jr. Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness

Cal Ripken Jr. Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness

The Urology Care Foundation, the official ‘foundation’ of the American Urological Association, talked with baseball legend and Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr. on their latest podcast episode to raise prostate cancer awareness and encourage men to talk about prostate health.

Recently, Ripken Jr. publicly announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in February and is currently “cancer-free” after he underwent surgery in March. He joined the Urology Care Foundation podcast to talk about his journey with prostate cancer in hopes of bringing awareness to the disease and getting men to talk about their prostate health.

“I didn’t want to tell anyone when I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer because I didn’t want anyone feeling sorry for me,” said Ripken. “But I looked to Joe Torre who has always been a role model for me and thought, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he chose to share his story. I kept thinking that’s a great idea because you can encourage men, stubborn men, that don’t want to go to the doctor, to go. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where you have no choices, this is a disease you can, and you want to catch  early.”

As we have discussed here on the site, early detection is key to living prostate cancer-free, which is why Cal is encouraging men to get regular physical exams and to talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer screening is right for them.

Listen to the full podcast interview with Cal Ripken Jr. and his urologist at the highlighted link.

The Foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation and aims to support and improve the prevention, detection, and treatment of urologic disease through research, education, and philanthropic support, worldwide.

Important Prostate Cancer Facts:

  • One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • This year, nearly 192,000 US men will be told they have the disease.
  • All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer, but the risk increases significantly if you are African American or have a family history (father, brother, uncle, grandfather) of the disease.
  • If you are age 55 to 69, talk to your doctor about whether prostate cancer screening is right for you.
  • There are more than 3.6 million men in the U.S. living with prostate cancer.

The Urology Care Foundation as well as us here at Z Urology, recognize that the choice to be screened for prostate cancer is a personal one. Before you decide to be tested, consult us at Z Urology here by setting an appointment, so we can talk about your risk for prostate cancer. We will also discuss the benefits and risks of testing.

Z Urology not only specializes in prostate cancer treatments but all urologic disorders.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

Z Urology’s Dr. Michael Tyler: An Expert in Urologic Cancers

Z Urology’s Dr. Michael Tyler: An Expert in Urologic Cancers

The staff at Z Urology is a collective of highly trained doctors. If you need urological services in the South Florida area, you are in good hands at Z Urology. Dr. Michael Tyler is an integral part of the Z Urology staff.

Dr. Tyler joined Z Urology in 2017 bringing his expertise in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of all urologic cancers including cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, and testis. Oncology has been a primary interest of Dr. Tyler’s since his early stages of training.

In fellowship, he co-authored a textbook chapter on robotic-assisted surgery while also being involved in cutting edge translational prostate cancer research. Dr. Tyler is continuously motivated to bring the current trends in urologic cancer management with care and compassion to each and every one of his patients.

Dr. Tyler also offers the option of top quality, minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. He has performed and assisted in hundreds of both oncologic and reconstructive cases. A significant portion of them under the first-hand guidance of his mentor and world-class robotic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Wilson. He is comfortable with and proficient in the performance of a majority of traditional open surgeries and endoscopic procedures, as well as the treatment and management of urological stone disease, prostate enlargement and voiding dysfunction.

Z Urology is proud to call Dr. Tyler one of our own. Please keep in mind that Z Urology specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Procedures include bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

The Importance of Prostate Screenings

The Importance of Prostate Screenings

Z Urology knows that there are many fears and misconceptions when it comes to monitoring prostate health. The only way to detect prostate cancer, a common and often initial asymptomatic disease amongst men, is through regular screenings.

Many urologists will agree that there is some fear of patients not wanting to come and get their lab drawn and get their prostate examined. But maybe there is more to the issue. Maybe they are not even aware they should be getting screened for prostate cancer.

The biggest fear that men have when it comes to monitoring prostate health, is if they end up having to get their prostate removed they may experience erectile dysfunction.

Many men have heard through the gossip vines, that if you get your prostate removed then there’s a good chance you will have a problem with erections in the future. But this is not always the case as far as having your prostate removed. There is a portion of men who do have problems with erections, but that rate is actually getting lower and lower.

All-in-all, there is nothing that can prevent the development of prostate cancer, so it is of monumental importance to get regular screenings.

There have been no supplements on the market that have shown effective in preventing prostate cancer. The most important thing is for every male between the age of 55 and 70 to talk with their physician about screening for prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

Talk about getting a screening. Encourage your loved ones to go for screening. That’s an easy way to ensure you’re on top of your prostate health. For the sake of your health, book an appointment with Z Urology, and get a screening.

Did the Department of Defense Award Urology Researchers Millions

Did the Department of Defense Award Urology Researchers Millions

This is a story that caught the eye of Z Urology, and should raise the eyebrows of many (in a good way). Oddly enough, The U.S. Department of Defense, yes the Department of Defense, you read that correctly, has awarded a $3.86 million grant to Beaumont Urology researchers to develop a simple screening tool to speed diagnoses leading to new treatments for chronic bladder condition, interstitial cystitis.

The study is being led by Laura Lamb, Ph.D., the director of Translational Urology Research, Beaumont Research Institute. The DOD grant is among the largest ever received by a Beaumont research team. If you’re wondering why they granted this.

“Interstitial cystitis can affect an individual’s ability to serve his or her country,” said Dr. Lamb, also an associate professor at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. “Our hope is that we can help with military readiness, as well as the general well-being and health of services members.”

People with the chronic bladder condition experience frequent urination, the urgency to urinate, and intense pain in the bladder or pelvic region. As a result, they find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, have & maintain meaningful social connections, or even keep a job. Many are actually on disability for this condition.

According to Richard H. Kennedy, Ph.D., vice president and director of the Beaumont Research Institute.

“Based on competitive peer-review, Dr. Lamb and her team have received significant federal funding for their research that targets development of a novel diagnostic urine test and machine learning to facilitate rapid diagnosis and thus clinical management of IC. Machine Learning teaches computers to learn without being programmed. This award continues the long-standing success and impact of our urology research laboratory.”

Currently, IC is treated with a patchwork of medications. The condition affects between 4 to 12 million Americans. And this includes 3 to 8 million women. Many of those are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, although IC affects most people for life.

Z Urology is excited to see progress on this. Please keep in mind that Z Urology specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Procedures include bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.