Prostate Cancer Death Rates Are on the Rise

Prostate Cancer Death Rates Are on the Rise

prostateWhile most cancers are experiencing a drop in death rates, one of the most common cancers among men is not. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer deaths are on the rise. Researchers estimate in 2020, the number of men who will die from prostate cancer will hit a record high over the last two decades.

Dr. Lee Ponsky is the chairman of urology at University Hospitals, and he noted that some of the reason for the spike in numbers comes from a misguided recommendation.

 

“A number of years ago the U.S. Preventative Task Force actually came out with a recommendation saying they do not recommend screening for prostate cancer,” he said.

 

The group has since changed the recommendation, but Dr. Ponsky said, in some ways, the damage was already done. Not screening patients can significantly lower survival rates. If men are screened and prostate cancer is detected at an early stage, the cure rate is around 99%, said Dr. Ponsky.

Screening is as simple as a blood test that monitors a prostate-specific antigen. Dr. Ponsky said testing is important because not everyone has symptoms. Many of his patients have no symptoms at all.

Prostate testing is now recommended for men around 45 years old, if they’re in a high-risk population, such as men who have a family history of prostate cancer or African American men.

Dr. Ponsky said another big reason for the uptick in death rates is that men, in general, don’t go to the doctor as much as they should for check-ups. He said there’s also a fear associated with what their test results will be.

If you think you may have any signs of prostate cancer, pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Z Urology Breaks Down Erectile Dysfunction

Z Urology Breaks Down Erectile Dysfunction

z-urology-buildingOne of the most common reasons that men go to Dr. Z Urology’s office, is because the best urologist in South Florida can help with erectile dysfunction. Before one gets the help they need. They should understand exactly what ED is.

 

 

 

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Kidney Stones Increasing in Children

Kidney Stones Increasing in Children

kidney-stones-childrenWe all know by now that kidney stones are a hard calcium mass formed in the kidneys. They sometimes stay in the kidney and cause no issues but if they’re trying to pass out of the kidneys, they can get stuck, and they can cause extreme pain.

But the interesting news is that kidney stones are starting to show up more and more in children. As each year, more than half a million Americans go to the Emergency Room for kidney stones. The number of children is a growing part of that number.

Some of the symptoms of kidney stones include severe pain, bloody urine and vomiting. and the number of children suffering from kidney stones has grown steadily during the last several years.

Those who have kidney stones have a 50 percent risk of developing another one within five to seven years. Some of the risk factors for kids include being overweight, being dehydrated and being prescribed unnecessary antibiotics. Risks will also increase during temperature extremes. So it is important to make sure that children drink extra fluids in the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter.

Increased risk comes from inactivity and diets high in sodium from processed foods or table salt.

A small kidney stone may pass through the urinary tract on its own, causing little pain. But larger stones that get stuck may require medication or other treatments.

If something like this has happened to any of your children, please don’t wait. Pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Healthy Living Tips for After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Healthy Living Tips for After Prostate Cancer Treatment

Finishing treatment for prostate cancer is both a relief and anxiety-provoking time in a man’s life. This is true as well in the lives of his caregivers and loved ones. While there is often relief that the treatments are complete, many men worry about whether the cancer is really gone and might come back. This is the time for men to focus on some well-deserved self-care. While regular check-ups with your doctor will continue, there are some things you can and should do for yourself.

They include:

  • Seeking Out Emotional Support
  • Starting a Healthy Diet and Exercise Routine
  • Exhibiting Sexual Health
  • Embracing Your “New Normal”

Emotional Support

The litany of prostate cancer treatments and the instructions and restrictions that can come with them can be stressful for many men. While many will have your best interests at heart, it may be difficult for them to understand what you’re going through. Having support is important. If you’re unable to openly talk with those who are close to you, you may want to seek out some like-minded people who understand firsthand what you have experienced.

 

Diet and Exercise

Considering a celebratory feast with food and drink post-treatment? This is OK in moderation, but you want to start a healthy routine with exercise and a balanced diet that you can stick to.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fewer refined foods is a great start. Adding regular exercise can make a big difference in your recovery timeline, as well as your mood. Studies show a healthy diet and regular exercise after treatment can help prevent prostate cancer recurrence. The smallest effort can have a majorly positive effect on your overall outlook on life.

 

Sexual Health

There may be changes in your sex life after prostate cancer treatment. Everything from being unable to achieve an erection to loss of desire entirely is common, but also often temporary. Try to be patient. The body needs time to recover and heal. If you reach a point where you’re concerned, talk to your doctor. There are plenty of treatments available.

 

Your New Normal

Life will be undoubtedly different after a prostate cancer journey. From the symptoms and diagnosis to the treatments and life afterward, the “new normal” can be uncomfortable at first. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. While there’s no surefire way to prepare for life after prostate cancer, have confidence that you will find your way.

Remember that emotional support is just as important as the medical treatments, and a healthy lifestyle afterward will help with physical and emotional recovery. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance from your doctor, health care team and trusted loved ones and friends.

If something like this has happened to you, please don’t wait. Pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Record Number of English Men Treated For a Broken Penis Last Year

Record Number of English Men Treated For a Broken Penis Last Year

fractured-penisThis is something you wouldn’t even wish on your worst enemy, but a record number of men have undergone surgery after fracturing their penis in 2019, according to NHS statistics.

This has mostly affected men in their 30s and 40s, while a grand total of 164 men wound up hospitalized with a fractured penis last year. That’s 164 too many, and 38 percent more men compared to 2014-15.

Gordon Muir, a consultant urologist at King’s College Hospital in London, said that these figures are likely the tip of the iceberg. Many men are too embarrassed to seek medical help quite often.

 

So How Does it Happen

It sounds like the stuff of urban legend, but a penile fracture occurs when the firm, fibrous sheath that supports your erection, called the tunica albuginea, is placed under extreme pressure and snaps.

The rupture often happens during sex, snapping under the weight of your partner’s body (or as the result of a powerful thrust) and is usually accompanied by a gruesome popping sound.

The erection quickly subsides, and the penis becomes swollen, painful and bruised, requiring the repair of a surgeon to stitch the tissue back together and prevent permanent damage.

When left to its own devices to heal, a broken penis can actually result in Peyronie’s disease, where scar tissue builds up inside the penis and causes it to bend severely, possibly resulting in erectile dysfunction.

You can avoid this terrible fate by switching up your sexual routine. Research shows that doggy style is the most lethal position, causing 44 percent of penile fractures, followed by the missionary position, which is responsible for 25 percent of breakages.

If something like this has happened to you, please don’t wait. Pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.