Your Urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar advises that a sedentary lifestyle and/or an unhealthy diet are factors that can lead to prostate cancer. If you have been ignoring the symptoms because you’re afraid that surgery might affect your sexual desire or performance, then technology is here to prove you wrong.
The miserable truth about prostate cancer is that it can affect men of basically any age. And it does have an unfavorable effect on an essential part of the male reproductive system – the prostate gland, which is responsible for the production of the fluid that carries sperm.
The cancer begins in this gland (about the size of a walnut) and then wraps itself around the urethra, which is the tube that releases urine from the body. The cancer typically grows rather slowly, but when the growth is more rapid, it can spread past the prostrate. At this stage, it could require urgent medical attention and even be life threatening.
Are you at risk?
Although men with a family history of the disease are more likely to develop it, other risks should not be ruled out. Men must monitor their diet, especially if red meat and other animal fats are a major part of their daily meals.
What are the symptoms?
The common symptoms are:
- Delayed or slow start of the urinary stream;
- Leaking after urinating;
- Straining while urinating;
- Inability to urinate completely at one time;
- Blood in the urine or semen;
- Bone pain or tenderness (mostly in the lower back and pelvic bones)
Until recently, treatment of this disease was thought to be as bad as the disease itself. In the past, the only way your urologist Des Moines could treat the cancer involved surgery, radiation or hormonal therapy that did have an effect on sexual desire and/or performance.
But a new non-surgical treatment – Magnetic Resonance-guided focused Ultrasound Surgery – has delivered relief to those suffering from the disease. The advantage of method include:
- No side-effects;
- No real recovery time required;
- Doesn’t cost as much compared to older surgical procedures;
- Cancer is eliminated without affecting neighboring tissues;
- Fertility is not affected.
Your urologist Des Moines will determine if you have prostate cancer through the use of a prostrate biopsy. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please call our office today!