Recognizing the Signs of Prostate Cancer

Recognizing the Signs of Prostate Cancer

 

One of the most common types of cancer that afflicts men is prostate cancer. Your prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland that produces seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Like most cancers, it is usually very difficult to notice the signs that are telling your body something is wrong. However, after this cancer goes untreated for extended periods of time, then it will grow to different areas around the body and become much more serious. Thankfully, most prostate cancers are recognized in their earliest stages. Here are some of the different signals that may indicate that you have prostate cancer.

 

Pay Attention to Your Body

 

Your body doesn’t just respond to the commands that you give it all day. It also has a built-in filtration system and a notification system. This means that it has its own ways to notify you that the internal areas of your body are having issues. Here are some of the signs that may indicate prostate cancer:

  • Trouble with urination
  • Decreased force in the stream during urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the semen
  • General pain in the lower back, hips or thighs
  • Bone pain
  • Weakness in legs or difficulty walking
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Erectile dysfunction

All of these are small indications that point to an underlying medical condition. Although these symptoms may mean a bunch of different illnesses, prostate cancer is on that list.

 

Factors that Affect Prostate Cancer

 

There are a few different factors that may increase or decrease your chances of obtaining prostate cancer. Here are the risk factors:

  • Old age
  • Statistics show that those with African ancestry have a higher chance of prostate cancer
  • Family history of prostate cancer or other cancers
  • Obesity
  • Diets that primarily focus around meats and dairy

The best way to maintain your distance from prostate cancer is by living a healthy lifestyle. Don’t indulge in too many meats and dairy. Exercise as much as possible and make sure to be honest and detailed with your health care provider.

Recognizing the Signs of Urinary Incontinence

Recognizing the Signs of Urinary Incontinence

 

Urinary incontinence is a common problem for men and women throughout the world. Any loss of bladder control is a sign of urinary incontinence. In fact, around 20 million Americans currently have or have had signs of urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. This statistic doesn’t include any of those who have signs, but do not report them to the doctor out of fear or embarrassment. There are many signs, types, risk factors, causes and symptoms of urinary incontinence. We’ll go over them here.

 

What are the Signs of Urinary Incontinence?

 

There are many different things that can be seen as a loss of bladder control. The most basic one being that urine leaks through due to an underlying circumstance. Examples of these circumstances are:

  • Functional Incontinence – This is a term that means a person is unable to make it to the toilet due to a physical or mental disability.
  • Overflow Incontinence – When the bladder becomes too full and you are unable to empty in time, overflow of urine may cause a small amount of leakage.
  • Urge Incontinence – When someone has a large urge to urinate and they are unable to withhold it.
  • Mixed Incontinence – A combination of both urge and stress incontinence.
  • Stress Incontinence – This term defines a loss of urinary control due to physical contractions. Such as coughing or sneezing.

Narrowing Down the Source

 

Urinary incontinence is usually a symptom of your lifestyle and underlying health conditions. Here is a list of different things that can lead to urinary incontinence.

  • Alcohol
  • Too Many Fluids
  • Caffeine
  • Bladder Irritation
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Age
  • Hysterectomy
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Inflammation of the Prostate Gland
  • Bladder Stones
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Obstruction
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

All of these can be an underlying cause of urinary incontinence and it is important to be honest with your doctor about everything you’re involved with and even slight symptoms or signs you notice. Once the source of the urinary incontinence is located, then treatment will begin. Again, urinary incontinence is not a disease, but a symptom of behaviors and personal health.

Contact Z Urology if You’re Having Issues with Erectile Dysfunction

Contact Z Urology if You’re Having Issues with Erectile Dysfunction

 

One of the most sensitive subjects for all men is their sexual health. Most people don’t like to admit that they have a sexual dysfunction issue. For men, it consists of being unable to obtain an erection, maintain an erection or even an overall lower sexual desire. This lower sexual desire is sometimes reinforced by the mindset of the man going through the erectile dysfunction symptoms. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) actually effects around 30 million men through the United States. However, there are solutions to fixing the issues with ED and it all comes to narrowing down the cause of it all.

 

What are the Symptoms and Causes of ED?

 

In order for a healthy erection to take place, there must be properly functioning nerves to the penis, adequate blood circulation into the penis, a stimulus from the brain and the veins within the penis must be able to hold onto the blood circulating. If any of these processes are incomplete, then you may have difficulty obtaining and maintaining an erection. Now, the causes of ED may be very vast. Your sexual health traces back to your physical and psychological health as well. Therefore, if you are experiencing any problems with any of these, then that may be the cause of erectile dysfunction. For example:

  • Physical Causes
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Alcohol or Tobacco use
    • Heart Disease
  • Psychological Causes
    • Stress
    • Depression and/or Anxiety
    • Relationship Problems

 

What are the Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction?

 

Once the source of the issue is slightly narrowed down, action may be taken to treat ED. There have been all types of successful treatments for erectile dysfunction including:

  • Penile Prosthesis
  • Medications
  • Testosterone Therapy
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Penile Injections

These are a few of the different ways that Urologists will treat a patient with erectile dysfunction. If you are suffering from, or believe to be having symptoms of ED, then contact a Z Urology as soon as possible!

Five Signs When You Pee That Signal Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Five Signs When You Pee That Signal Prostate Cancer Symptoms

prostateProstate cancer symptoms usually don’t show until the cancer has grown large enough, but with it being the most common cancer in men in the US, it’s important to recognize the signs when they are developing.

Prostate cancer symptoms usually appear when the cancer has grown as it begins to put pressure on the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis, known as the urethra. The cancer develops slowly, so it may not show signs for many years. But it’s important to recognize symptoms when they do start to show because there’s currently no cure for cancer.

Because prostate cancer presses on the urethra, many of the symptoms of prostate cancer affect how a person pees.

Here are five symptoms that may affect a man when he pees.

  • Difficulty peeing. For example, a weak flow or having to strain to start peeing.
  • Needing to pee more often than usual, especially at night.
  • Feeling like you have not completely emptied your bladder after peeing.
  • An urgent need to pee.
  • Blood in the pee or semen.

If you have any of these symptoms, it might be time to get in contact with Zurology.com to discuss your treatment options.

Prostate Cancer: What are the Signs and Symptoms

It’s also important to recognize that these symptoms can be caused by another condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostate enlargement (BPE).

BPE is the medical term to describe an enlarged prostate, a condition that can affect how you pass urine.

BPE is common in men aged over 50. It’s not cancer and it’s not usually a serious threat to health.

Is There a Test for Prostate Cancer?

If you have symptoms that could be caused by prostate cancer, or you’ve asked your doctor for one, you may have a PSA test. PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. It is a protein produced by both normal and cancerous prostate cells.

It’s normal for all men to have some PSA in their blood. However, a high level of PSA can be a sign of cancer. But your PSA level can also be raised in prostate conditions that are not cancer (benign) or if you have an infection. A diagnosis of cancer is not usually made on a PSA level alone.

Your doctor should explain to you the risks and benefits of having the PSA test.

It is important that if you feel you have any of the symptoms written about, please schedule. You need a quality urologist. So 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.

Symptoms & Causes of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Symptoms & Causes of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

What do you know about Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)? One thing, is that it is also called prostate gland enlargement, and is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms. These symptoms include blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.

The good news is that there are several effective treatments for prostate gland enlargement, including medications, minimally invasive therapies, and surgery. To choose the best option, Z Urology will consider your symptoms, the size of your prostate, other health conditions you might have and your preferences of treatment.

Here we go over the symptoms and causes of BPH.

Symptoms

The severity of symptoms in people who have prostate gland enlargement varies. Symptoms tend to worsen gradually over time.

The common signs and symptoms of BPH include:

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
  • Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder
  • Difficulty starting urination

The less common signs and symptoms include:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Inability to urinate
  • Blood in the urine

The size of the prostate doesn’t necessarily determine the severity of symptoms. Interestingly, some men with only slightly enlarged prostates can have significant symptoms, while other men with very enlarged prostates can have only minor urinary symptoms.

In some men, symptoms eventually stabilize and might even improve over time.

Other Possible Causes of Urinary Symptoms

Conditions that can lead to symptoms similar to those caused by enlarged prostate include:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis)
  • Narrowing of the urethra (urethral stricture)
  • Scarring in the bladder neck as a result of previous surgery
  • Bladder or kidney stones
  • Problems with nerves that control the bladder
  • Cancer of the prostate or bladder

When to See a Doctor

If you’re having urinary problems, discuss them with your doctor. Even if you don’t find urinary symptoms bothersome, it’s important to identify or rule out any underlying causes. Untreated, urinary problems might lead to obstruction of the urinary tract.

Causes

The prostate gland is located beneath the bladder. The tube that transports urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra) passes through the center of the prostate. When the prostate enlarges, it begins to block urine flow.

Most men have continued prostate growth throughout their life. In many men, this continued growth enlarges the prostate enough to cause urinary symptoms or to significantly block urine flow.

It isn’t entirely clear what causes the prostate to enlarge. However, it might be due to changes in the balance of sex hormones as men grow older. Most men with an enlarged prostate don’t develop these complications.

Having an enlarged prostate is not believed to increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

If you think you might have Benign prostatic hyperplasia, call one of our offices or book an appointment with Z Urology to discuss. Having a urologist can help in your treatment of BPH. If you think this is an issue, don’t delay. Instead, 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, nocturne, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.