Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in men after skin cancer. At his practice in Brownsville, Texas, board-certified urologist Jose Maymi, MD, offers expert diagnosis and treatments including medical and surgical therapy for all stages of prostate cancer. If you’re concerned about prostate cancer or are due for a screening, call Dr. Maymi or make an appointment online today.
Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells in your prostate multiply rapidly. Around 1 in 9 men will experience prostate cancer at some point during their lives. However, when prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, you have a high chance of a full recovery.
Your prostate is a small gland that’s about the size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds your urethra as it exits your bladder. Your prostate produces the seminal fluid that transports sperm out of your body when you ejaculate.
Your risk of prostate cancer increases if you have a family history of the disease. Dr. Maymi most often diagnoses prostate cancer in men over the age of 50, but it can affect men at any age.
Prostate cancer causes several disruptive symptoms including:
As with many health conditions, prostate cancer might not cause any noticeable symptoms in its early stages. You should make sure to have routine prostate cancer screenings, especially if you have a family history of prostate cancer.
It’s also important to note that the symptoms of prostate cancer could also be caused by several other conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and urinary tract infections. If you notice these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get a diagnosis and the treatment you need to protect your health.
Dr. Maymi uses a variety of tests to screen for prostate cancer. He begins with a blood test to check your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and may perform a digital exam to feel your prostate for abnormalities.
Dr. Maymi may also recommend a biopsy to take a small tissue sample from your prostate. He sends your biopsy to a lab where it’s tested for cancerous cells.
Dr. Maymi offers customized treatment for prostate cancer, depending on the stage of your disease. He provides both medical and surgical therapy. For example, he may prescribe medication, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy to shrink and destroy your cancer. However, he may also recommend surgical removal of the cancerous cells and nearby lymph nodes.
Call Dr. Maymi or schedule an appointment online today for a prostate cancer screening and get the personalized treatment you need to beat cancer.