June 21, 2016

Prostate Health

 

A healthy human male prostate is a walnut-sized gland located right in front of the rectum and just below the bladder. The prostate is a sex organ responsible for producing roughly 30% of the volume of the semen.

Regular visits with your men's health specialist and preventive blood chemistry, hormone, and prostate assessments are key to preventing big prostate problems in the future i.e. Reduced Ejaculate, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Prostatitis, Urinary Tract Infections, and Prostate Cancer. 

Call us today to learn how you can conquer prostate issues!

 

 

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is an immune inflammatory disease characterized by prostate enlargement (hyperplasia). In BPH, the prostate grows in size and cause  a host of problems for men such as:

  • Urinary hesitation - by compressing the urethra and impeding the flow of urine from the bladder.
  • Urinary frequency urge and nocturia - urinary hesitancy doesn't allow complete emptying of the bladder, therefore maintaining an urge to urinate. Loss of quality sleep due to frequent wake ups during the evening.
  • Urinary Tract Infections - due to improper emptying of bladder and urine release.
  • Complete blockage of the urethra - a medical emergency and can lead to kidney damage.
  • Prostate Cancer - d/t to uncontrollable prostate growth and cell proliferation. 

If you are having symptoms or simply want to have a preventive screen and learn how to avoid this illness in the future, call us today to make an appointment. 

 

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is  the most common non-skin cancer among American men. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed during his lifetime. If caught early, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. 

Prostate Cancer Prevention: The American Cancer Society(ACS) recommends PSA(Prostate Specific Antigen) screens and prostate checks at age 50 for average risk patients, age 45 for high risk, and age 40 for those at very high risk(those with several first-degree relatives who had prostate cancer at an early age).  We believe in taking a more proactive approach and encourage men to have preventive noninvasive assessments done sooner to evaluate underlying factors that may be feeding future problems, i.e. family history of a first degree relative with prostate or breast cancers, hormonal imbalances, and metabolic weaknesses. Our functional medicine approach focuses on preventing diseases BEFORE they surface, and restoring cellular strength to the body to fight it's battles more efficiently.

Non-aggressive Prostate Cancer: Only about 15% of new prostate cancer diagnoses require immediate and aggressive treatment. The majority of newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases have low- or intermediate-risk malignancies. For men with low risk malignancies, urologists and oncologists sometimes practice “watchful waiting” or “active surveillance,” monitoring parameters such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to evaluate tumor progression. This approach can delay the need for aggressive treatment, and in many cases is turning out to reduce or eliminate the need for surgery, chemo, or radiation therapy.

During this period of watchful waiting, there are additional therapeutic options available to help you prevent further progression of illness, and live a high quality life. Act now and your appointment today to learn more. 

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