Are you a man age 50 or older? Or are you a woman who cares for a man in that age group? Then you need to know about prostate cancer: how to prevent it, screen for it, and treat it.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, so take time to educate yourself and the people you love.
The best ways to prevent prostate cancer involve having an overall healthy lifestyle. Doctors recommend these guidelines:
- Exercise: Stay active and try to exercise most days of the week for 30 minutes or more.
- Eat right: Try to consume a good variety of fruits and vegetables, especially raw or cooked tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which may help keep prostate cancer at bay. Also, while some supplements boast cancer-preventing properties, try to get your nutrients from food and not pills.
- Watch your weight: If you’re overweight, talk to your doctor about a plan for losing pounds. Excess weight puts more pressure on all your organs and other body parts.
- Discuss your risk factors: If you have a family history of prostate cancer or other risk factors, talk to your doctor about medication options.
Many doctors recommend that men begin getting screened for prostate cancer at age 50. If your physician agrees that you should be screened, here are two tests you can expect.
- Digital rectal exam (DRE): During a DRE, your doctor will insert a gloved finger into your rectum. This will allow him to detect any abnormalities about the prostate’s shape, texture, or size.
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: This blood test will check your PSA level. An abnormal number could indicate prostate inflammation, infection, or cancer.
If your doctor has concerns after your screening tests, you may be scheduled for an ultrasound to evaluate your prostate. Or he may do a biopsy of the affected tissue. In the event that you are diagnosed with cancer, there are a few options for treatment. Among these are medication, radiation, and surgery.
Many men will need surgery at some point, and if that’s true for you, da Vinci® technology may be a good choice. A da Vinci® prostatectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that can remove a cancerous prostate and its surrounding tissue.
Rather than making a huge incision in your abdomen, this robot-assisted operation involves making a series of tiny incisions. But don’t worry: you’re not in the hands of a robot—your surgeon will always be in control.
Here are some of the da Vinci® benefits:
- Less pain after surgery
- Shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery
- Less blood loss
- More effective removal of cancer cells
- Earlier return of sexual function and urinary continence
The thought of having or treating prostate cancer may seem daunting, but take time to consider your options. To learn more about how robotic surgery might help you, join us for the following events:
Men’s Health Seminar on Robotic Prostatectomy
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
City of Aventura Community Recreation Center
3375 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
The Latest Updates on Robotic Surgery
Drs. Henry Wodnicki (colorectal surgery), David Robbins (urology),
Frank Cirisano (gynecological oncology) Alfredo Rego, (cardio-thoracic surgery)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
21110 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 101
Aventura, FL 33180
To register, please call 1-888-256-7692.