What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland located below a man's bladder. This gland produces seminal fluid and helps to transport sperm.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect men. While this type of cancer is usually slow-growing, it can sometimes spread to other organs. Prostate cancer screenings help detect the disease in its early stages. The sooner prostate cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances of recovery.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Symptoms of prostate cancer can include:
- Trouble urinating
- Weak urine stream
- Blood in semen
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Bone pain
- Trouble getting an erection
Early on, prostate cancer may not cause any symptoms. That's why prostate cancer screenings are essential.
At Urology Associates Of Southeastern North Carolina, P.A., your provider performs an in-depth evaluation. They examine your prostate and run specialized blood tests. These tests can detect prostate problems you may not have noticed.
How often do I need a prostate cancer screening?
Experts recommend that men start their prostate cancer screenings between ages 55-69. But if you have a family history of cancer, you might need to start your screening sooner. Your provider can help you decide when to schedule your first screening.
During your visit, your provider can perform an in-office prostate exam. This brief exam checks for unusual swelling or lumps. They might also order a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. PSA tests measure the levels of specific proteins produced by your prostate.
High levels of PSA could suggest that you're at risk for prostate cancer. Your provider can help you interpret your results and decide on your next step.
What happens if my test results are abnormal?
Abnormal PSA levels aren't always a sign of prostate cancer. But if your screening suggests a problem, your provider can offer specialized tests. These tests help you find out for sure whether you have cancer.
If you're diagnosed with prostate cancer, Urology Associates Of Southeastern North Carolina, P.A. helps you create a treatment plan. They work with you at each stage to ensure that you receive the best possible care.
Ready for a prostate screening? Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.