The prostate changes with age and it’s common for men to have health-related issues with the prostates as they grow older. Enlarged prostate, prostatitis, and prostate cancer all increase in frequency with age. Dr. Jerry Greenberg specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the prostate.
Keeping your prostate healthy
Things that are good for your overall health are also good for your prostate. To keep it in good health, avoid smoking, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and eat healthfully. Its been said before, but it remains true. “What is good for your heart is good for your prostate.”
The American Urological Association recommends speaking with your doctor starting at the age of 55 to determine whether screening for prostate cancer is right for you. If it is, you will likely take a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and/or a rectal exam to screen for the cancer.
The AUA also recommends that you start this discussion with your doctor at the age of 40 if you are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer. If you have a family history of the disease (that is, if you have a father or brother who was diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 65) or if you are African American, be sure to speak with your doctor about prostate health.
Enlarged prostate – or BPH, which stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia – is a very common condition for men over the age of 50. This non-cancerous condition affects over 50% of men between 50-60 and up to 90% of men over the age of 80, according to the NIH.
Common symptoms of BPH include difficulty urinating and the feeling of not having “emptied” the bladder after urination. A variety of treatment methods exist, from relatively easy lifestyle changes (such as reducing the amount of caffeine consumed) to medication.
Dr. Greenberg has experience in using non-invasive surgical techniques to help relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate, including green light laser prostate ablation, a technique he helped develop and bring to Tucson.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the U.S. after skin cancer, according to the CDC: Over 200,000 people are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. 15 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, the treatments for prostate cancer have improved over the years, and the prognosis for this type of cancer is very good, if diagnosed early, with a 5-year survival rate of 100% and a 15-year survival rate of 94%. The earlier the cancer is detected, the better the prognosis is. Still, prostate cancer kills just under 30,000 men a year in the U.S.
Early prostate cancer often has no symptoms, so it’s crucial to speak with your doctor about proper diagnosis. Read more about prostate cancer under urologic cancers.
Contact a specialist in prostate health
Care of the prostate is one of Dr. Jerry Greenberg’s specialties. He sees patients in the greater Tucson area.
Make an appointment with him today by calling (520) 202-3606 today.
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