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Urologic Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States, and is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer deaths in men. Approximately 16% of American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in their life. Treatment options and prognosis depend on the stage of the cancer.

One of the most common treatments for prostate cancer involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland, known as radical prostatectomy. New advances in medical technology now offer a less invasive surgical procedure known as the da Vinci prostatectomy. This procedure incorporates a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system that helps your surgeon see vital anatomical structures more clearly and to perform a more precise surgical procedure. For most patients, the potential benefits include shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, less scarring, faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities.

Risk factors Include

  • Age
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • African-American males have a two to three times higher rate for this disease
  • Possible higher dietary fat and calcium intake

It is highly recommended that men age 50 and over see their physician on a yearly basis to have a DRE (digital rectal exam) and a blood test which measures the level of a protein called PSA (prostate-specific antigen).