Prostate Cancer

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Arizona Urology

Urology located in Goodyear, Glendale, Gilbert, and Phoenix, AZ

Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer affecting American men today, ranking behind only skin cancer. Although it’s naturally frightening to receive any cancer diagnosis, prostate cancer is treatable, and it isn’t fatal for most men. Regular prostate cancer screenings and early diagnosis can be key in overcoming the cancer and living a long, healthy life. The Arizona Urology team, located in Goodyear, Glendale, Gilbert, and Phoenix, Arizona, offers comprehensive prostate care from screening to treatment. Call your nearest office now.

Prostate Cancer Q & A

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is a common cancer among men today. Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland that creates seminal fluid. This type of cancer can cause severe urinary and even whole-body symptoms in its advanced stages. 

But, if prostate cancer is detected in its earliest form, you’re unlikely to suffer from any symptoms at all. Prostate cancer has an excellent survival rate, thanks to proper screening and management: 99% of prostate cancer sufferers live for five years or more following diagnosis.

When do I need to begin prostate cancer screenings?

Your Arizona Urology specialist will recommend a screening schedule for your needs. If you’re healthy, have no prostate cancer symptoms, and don’t have prostate cancer risk factors, your urologist may recommend screening starting at age 50. 

If you have close male family members who suffer from prostate cancer, you’ll likely start screenings earlier, at around age 45. If you’re African-American, you’ll generally start screenings at around age 40 due to increased risk. 

Every man is different, so you might need to start screenings at another age based on your urologist’s personalized recommendations. 

What is the best treatment for prostate cancer?

There are many different approaches. Your Arizona Urology urologist creates your treatment plan according to your unique circumstances. Some options include:

  • Active surveillance (watch-and-wait) 
  • Robotic Prostatectomy (removal of the prostate)
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Chemotherapy

The Arizona Urology specialists perform a minimally invasive surgery, called prostatectomy, using the state-of-the-art daVinci robotic surgery system. During a prostatectomy, your urologist removes the cancerous prostate tissue using just a few small (dime-sized) incisions. 

The daVinci system offers many advantages over traditional surgery (surgery with a large open incision). With a daVinci system prostatectomy, you'll have less bleeding, faster return to sexual function, quicker return to urinary continence, and a much easier recovery in general. 

Is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) prostate cancer?

No, BPH isn’t prostate cancer, and if you’re diagnosed with BPH it doesn’t change your risk level for prostate cancer at all. 

BPH does, however, cause urinary problems like slow urination or difficulty urinating. If BPH isn’t treated, you could end up with permanent kidney damage or other major urinary system issues. Minimally invasive treatments like UroLift® can relieve BPH-related issues effectively.

You can take control of your prostate health with screening and specialized prostate cancer care at Arizona Urology. Call the office nearest you now.