Regular screening and early detection of prostate cancer increase your chances of successful treatment. Leading urologists Dr. Raul Hernandez and Dr. Brian Grady at Fog City Urology in Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, specialize in men’s health issues and offer the most advanced screening options for prostate cancer. If you have concerns about prostate cancer, call the office or book an appointment online.
Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer that occurs in the prostate, a small gland between the bladder and the penis. It produces the fluid that carries sperm during ejaculation. Prostate cancer is common, and when caught early it’s very treatable.
During the early stages, you may not experience any symptoms, which is why screening is so important. However, as the cancer grows, you may experience:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call the office to schedule a screening.
The team at Fog City Urology offers two methods of screening for prostate cancer:
When used together, these two tests help identify prostate cancer in men. Dr. Hernandez or Dr. Grady may recommend these tests if you’re between ages 40 and 60 and have signs of prostate cancer.
If these tests come back positive, Dr. Hernandez or Dr. Grady may recommend further testing to confirm your diagnosis, such as an ultrasound, MRI, or a collection of your prostate tissue.
Treatment options vary depending on a few things, such as how fast your cancer is growing, whether it has spread to other areas of your body, and your overall health. In some cases, because it’s a slow-growing cancer, monitoring may be all that’s necessary.
More aggressive treatments include:
Doctors aren’t certain what causes prostate cancer, but lifestyle changes may lessen your risk, including:
Making these changes is especially important if you have risk factors for prostate cancer such as a family history of it, and it’s more common in African-Americans. Your risk also increases as you get older and if you’re carrying excess weight.
If you have concerns about prostate cancer and want to talk to caring professionals who specialize in men’s health issues, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking agent.