Early diagnosis is one of the best ways to successfully treat prostate cancer. Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, and her team at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, offer the most modern innovations in prostate cancer screenings and treatments to protect and restore your health. If you have a prostate cancer diagnosis or would like information about maintaining your prostate health, call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.
Prostate cancer occurs in a man’s prostate gland and is one of the most common types of male cancers.
The prostate gland makes seminal fluid that when mixed with sperm cells and other fluids makes up semen. It’s located above the pelvic floor muscles in front of the rectum and below the bladder. The prostate gland changes after age 40, but is approximately the size of a walnut in younger men.
Cancer in the prostate develops when abnormal cells grow in the area and form a tumor.
In its early stages, prostate cancer might not have symptoms. As it advances, you might experience:
Your risk of developing prostate cancer is higher if you’re older than 50. In fact, more than 80% of prostate cancer diagnoses are in men 65 and older. Your risk also increases if you have a family history of prostate cancer and if you’re African-American. Black men are also more likely to have more aggressive tumors that develop at an earlier age.
At Bluewater Urology Associates, Dr. Kenneson and her team use the most advanced and innovative diagnostic tools available to reach a prostate cancer diagnosis. These include prostate biopsies as well as preliminary screenings tools like prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing and digital rectal exams.
PSA testing is often done to screen for prostate cancer when no symptoms are present. PSA is made in the prostate and is found in your semen, though your blood can contain trace amounts.
During a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) or digital rectal exam, a small probe is inserted into your rectum. This probe uses sound waves and echoes to detect cancer in the prostate. If echoes are detected, TRUS can provide a digital image of the prostate.
Treating prostate cancer depends on your diagnosis and its stage. A variety of treatments are available for prostate cancer, including:
If you have a family history of prostate cancer, PSA screenings are recommended as early as age 40. When you reach 50, annual PSA screenings and digital rectal exams should be part of your regular wellness plan.
Call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about prostate cancer screening and treatment.