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Do you know your PSA score?

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. At UCA, this means we’re spreading awareness about Prostate Cancer, its symptoms and preventative measures that you can take to lower your chances of developing this form of cancer, which affects about one in every seven men in their lifetime.

What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer occurs within the prostate – a small walnut-shaped gland in men that creates the seminal fluid that nourishes and delivers sperm.

This type of cancer develops slowly and is initially confined to the prostate gland. While in the prostate gland, the cancer may not cause any harm to the individual. While some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may require minimal or no treatment at all, other types are more aggressive and can spread throughout the body at a more accelerated rate.

At UCA, our urologists have developed a well-earned reputation for detecting prostate cancer. If detected early – when the cancer is still confined to the prostate gland – we have seen individuals have a better chance of successful treatment and conquering the disease.

 Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

In many cases, prostate cancer may not show any signs or symptoms in its early stages, but signs and symptoms may arise if it becomes more advanced.

Advanced prostate cancer may cause signs or symptoms such as:

  • Difficult urination
  • Decreased force in the urine stream
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Blood in the semen
  • Erectile dysfunction

 We are well-versed in identifying the signs of prostate cancer and our experts recommend taking a simple blood test called a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) to determine whether prostate cancer is present. This test measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance that is made by the prostate. When the levels of PSA are higher in the blood, it is likely that prostate cancer is present.

 Treatments and Prevention for Prostate Cancer

Armed with the latest technology, the urologists at UCA lead the way in the fight against prostate cancer. Our team of urologists, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists are all under one roof and work together with your physician to provide the highest quality care possible. Some of the treatments our team performs for prostate cancer include:

 Active Surveillance

  • Prostectomy
  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Seed Implant

 Treatment options for Advanced Prostate Cancer include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Immunotherapy

 Our team also recommends a number of healthy living habits that may help lower their risk of developing prostate cancer. Men that practice a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables can contribute to a cleaner bill of health. Staying active can help improve your overall health and helps you maintain a healthy weight. There is some evidence that shows that men who practice a healthy lifestyle have a lower chance of developing prostate cancer than men who do not.

 Urology Centers of Alabama is the premier urology group in the state of Alabama recognized for its excellence in the Birmingham medical community.

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