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January 2016

Myths About Testicular Cancer

By: Arkansas Urology

Testicular cancer is one of the most rare forms of cancer that men can develop. Because of its rarity, people can often be misinformed about testicular cancer, the outcome, its causes and effects. We’re here to bust some of the more common myths about testicular cancer.

Myth 1 - It’s an older man’s disease.

Actually, you are more likely to develop testicular cancer between the ages of 20-39 than any other age group.

Myth 2 – Testicular cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for men.

The good news is testicular cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. The five-year survival rate is 95%.

Myth 3 – If your father or uncle had testicular cancer, you will also get it.

Although family history does increase your risks, testicular cancer is extremely rare. The chance of developing this type of cancer is typically less than 1 in 250.

Myth 4 – Testicular cancer is only found during a doctor’s exam.

Men themselves or their partners initially discover most cases of testicular cancer rather than their doctors. With testicular cancer, it’s important that you perform self-examinations. You know your body better than anyone else and will be more likely to notice when things change.

Myth 5 – Symptoms of testicular cancer are not easily noticeable.

While the symptoms of testicular cancer may not be overwhelming, be sure to check for simple things. If you see any swelling or fluid build-up or experience pain, aching or discomfort, consult with a physician.

Myth 6 – If I get testicular cancer, I won’t be able to have children after.

This is true only in very rare cases. In the majority of cases, only one testicle is removed and so there is little change to fertility and sex drive.

If you or a loved one suspects testicular cancer, make an appointment today with one of our physicians. Call 1-877-321-8452 or request an appointment online.

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January 2016

4 Ways to Live Healthier This Year

By: Arkansas Urology

A new year symbolizes a fresh start for many people. Losing weight and getting fit are always in the top New Year’s resolutions. While you may not think about health goals for your kidneys or bladder, taking steps to get healthy can definitely help your urologic health as well!

First, increase your water intake. Drinking too much water will not help, but be sure to get in at least the recommended six glasses a day. Lay off caffeinated drinks, especially soft drinks. Fluids will help empty the bacteria from your bladder and dilute your urine. The lighter the color your urine, the better.

Second, if you have to go, then go. Holding your urine can actually increase bacteria and cause infection. Also, make sure to empty your bladder completely when you do use the restroom.

Next, add plenty of fruits and vegetables to your diet. It can help the kidneys remove excess acid from the body. Many people believe that cranberry juice is a treatment for bladder infections. While there’s no concrete scientific study on this, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Finally, make sure that you are moving and exercising regularly. Regular exercise will not only help your kidneys, but also it will help you reach your other weight loss and health goals. Best of luck to you in 2016!

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December 2015

How Does Your Weight Affect Urology Conditions?

By: Arkansas Urology

 

The prevalence of obesity has increased rapidly in the United States with nearly one third of Americans now being obese. Obesity is now recognized as one of the most significant factors for numerous medical disorders and diseases. This includes a wide range of urologic diseases from stones to infections to cancers.

There is a direct correlation between kidney stones and your body mass index (BMI). While 11.2 percent of obese Americans have kidney stones, only 6.1 percent of Americans who are average weight develop kidney stones. In general, an obese person’s body needs more water, so it’s easier for them to be dehydrated which is one of the main causes for kidney stones. Losing weight will also decrease your risk of stones.

Developing kidney stones is not the only urologic condition that obesity can affect. It’s also a risk factor for prostate cancer. Obesity also makes diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer more difficult. Often times, the more aggressive types of prostate cancer are found in men who are overweight. Kidney cancer is more common in both men and women who are obese. The higher the BMI, the more your risk of developing kidney cancer gets.

Excess weight can also increase pressure on the bladder causing overactive bladder. Obesity often decreases blood flow and nerve activity which leads to control issues.

Obesity impacts your health in more ways than you might think. Find a good nutrition plan and start some kind of physical activity to help you shed a few pounds. It will definitely lower your risk for many diseases and conditions.

If you’re interested in learning more about obesity’s specific risk factors for urologic conditions. Give us a call today at 800-255-1762. We’d love to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

 

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December 2015

Why Women Should See a Urologist

By: Arkansas Urology

It can be confusing to some women on when to see an OB/GYN and when to see a urologist. And we know for women who already have an established relationship with an OB/GYN, it’s tempting to just make an appointment and forget adding another doctor. However, for many conditions, women need to see a urologist.

It’s extremely important that a woman see her OB/GYN on a regular basis. OB/GYNs deal with both disorders and diseases of the female reproductive system. They also care for women during pregnancy and oversee the birthing process. But when it comes to condition that concerns the bladder and kidneys, a urologist is going to be the expert.

Urologists are trained to treat problems that affect the urinary tract, the system of muscles, tubes and organs, such as the kidneys. They see men, women and children, although it’s a common misconception that urologists are only for men, and OB/GYNs are for women. At Arkansas Urology we have specialty services just for women for their unique needs. Many conditions that affect the bladder and kidneys are actually more common in women than men like incontinence. We also deal with pelvic organ prolapse that is a common condition as women age.

While you might not want to add another appointment to your calendar, a urologist is more experienced in treating the condition and can tell you exactly what’s going on. They see these types of conditions all the time. And while you might have a more established relationship with your OB/GYN and be more comfortable talking with him/her, you should see a urologist with any urine or bladder issue.

If you need to make an appointment or talk to someone in our clinic, give us a call today at 877-321-8452.

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November 2015

What Should You Know About Pelvic Organ Prolapse

By: Arkansas Urology

Pelvic organ prolapse affects about one-third of all women during their lifetime. As women age, it becomes a more common issue. Anytime an organ becomes displaced or starts to droop, it’s known as prolapse. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form a kind of hammock across your pelvic opening. The bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum are all included in your pelvic organs. Symptoms will differ depending on what area specifically is affected.

The condition can be caused by anything that puts increased pressure on your abdomen. This can be a result of pregnancy, labor or childbirth, which are the most common causes. Pelvic prolapse can also happen because of obesity, respiratory problems, constipation, hysterectomy or pelvic organ cancers. Sometimes genetics also plays a role in prolapse.

In many cases, your doctor will discover pelvic prolapse during a routine pelvic exam or Pap smear. Treatment for prolapse doesn’t always involve surgery. Your doctor may at first recommend changes to your diet and increased exercise and including Kegel exercises. Sometimes behavior modifications are all that is necessary to help the condition. A pessary, which is a rubber or plastic device that will support prolapse, may be inserted as another non-surgical option.

Surgery is also a viable choice and may be the best in some cases. In most cases, surgery will be minimally invasive, for a faster recovery time and reducing complications and scarring.

At Arkansas Urology, we see regularly see women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse. Our experts can help you and develop a treatment plan for your individual situation. If you begin experiencing symptoms of prolapse, consult with a doctor. Give us a call today at 877-321-8452 to make an appointment or talk with someone in our clinic.

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November 2015

Does Diabetes Contribute to Urologic Conditions?

By: Arkansas Urology

A diabetes diagnosis can be a scary diagnosis for a number of reasons. It comes with many lifestyle changes and puts you at risk for developing other conditions as a result. It’s true that patients with diabetes can be more likely to develop urologic conditions. It can affect your bladder health and cause sexual problems.

Diabetes can damage your nerves and small blood vessels. Autonomic nerves control your internal organs. Sometimes damage caused by diabetes can interfere with normal processes not allowing the signals your brain sends to be received correctly. As a result, you can develop sexual issues. For men, this can be erectile dysfunction or retrograde ejaculation, and for women it can be painful intercourse or vaginal dryness.

More than half of men and women with diabetes have bladder dysfunction because of damage to nerves that control bladder function. This can cause overactive bladder because those damaged nerve signals will tell you it’s time to go to the bathroom or your muscles can contract without warning. Diabetes can also lead to incontinence and urinary tract infections. Pay attention to how often you are going to the bathroom or feeling the urge to go. If it starts to increase and you’re urinating eight or more times a day including during the night, consult with a doctor.

However, a diabetes diagnosis doesn’t doom you to urologic conditions. If you have diabetes, control your glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. This can help greatly reduce your risk of developing conditions, if you keep all these at healthy levels. Also maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle will also lower your risk.

When you start experiencing these symptoms, please consult with a doctor. Give us a call today at 1-877-321-8452 to make an appointment or talk to someone in our clinic.

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October 2015

Is Urinary Incontinence a Normal Part of Aging?

By: Arkansas Urology

Urinary incontinence is increasingly common as people age, but it is not a normal part of aging. Don’t think that you have to accept it as a part of life; we can treat it. We can even eliminate it entirely with the right treatment.

Urinary incontinence occurs when you have trouble holding your urine until you get to a bathroom. It can interfere with your quality of life and cause embarrassing situations. Many times people brush it aside neglecting to seek medical attention, because it can be relatively common, especially in senior adults. Urinary incontinence affects about 200 million people worldwide, and about 25 million Americans suffer from occasional or chronic urinary incontinence. You’re not alone in experiencing incontinence. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about seeing a doctor – especially a urologist, since that’s one of the most common conditions urologists see.

Incontinence can be classified as one of several different types. Stress incontinence is urine leakage caused by coughing, sneezing or a strenuous activity. Urge incontinence occurs when you have an overwhelming urge to go to the bathroom and feel like you won’t make it. You can also have a mix of the two. Overflow incontinence, which is when the bladder is never completely empty after urination, is less common.

While incontinence is a common part of aging, it’s never normal. In most cases, treatment can save senior adults from suffering from urinary incontinence, embarrassing situations and having to avoid social gatherings. If you start experiencing these symptoms, please consult with a doctor. Give us a call today at 877-321-8452 to make an appointment or talk with someone in our clinic. Incontinence doesn’t have to be accepted as a normal part of your life.

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October 2015

What Should You Expect When Having a Vasectomy?

By: Arkansas Urology

For couples that are definitely finished having children, a vasectomy is a safe, easy and effective option for contraception. Make sure you have definitely decided not to add any more biological children to your family because vasectomy reversals are not always successful. Carefully consider your decision, but if you are certain, a vasectomy is a good solution for permanent contraception.

Family with young childrenVasectomies are quite common, with about 500,000 performed each year in the U.S. They are one of the most reliable forms of contraception and are cheaper, faster and safer than female sterilization.

The procedure lasts 30 to 45 minutes and requires only one or two small incisions. You will be awake during the procedure, but the physician will give you local anesthesia. The physician will make a small hole on one side of the scrotum and pull out part of the vas deferens on that side. Men may feel some tugging or pulling. Then, it will be replicated on the other side. The puncture is so tiny that it heals without stitches.

Pain is minimal. If men experience pain after the procedure, ice packs, athletic support and mild pain medication should help. Side effects or complications from the procedure are rare. In very few cases, the incisions can become infected and cause swelling or bleeding, but an antibiotic will be prescribed.

After a vasectomy, life can soon return to normal. Since the procedure performed on an outpatient basis, recovery time is minimal. If the patient works at a desk, his time off work shouldn’t be long. Continue to use birth control for a while after the procedure until you’ve completed follow-up tests at your doctor’s office and your doctor has said it’s ok.

If you need more information about having a vasectomy or more questions, give us a call today. We’d be happy to give you more information or help you schedule an appointment. Call us at 877-321-8452.


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September 2015

What Are Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?

By: Arkansas Urology

Prostate cancer is relatively common for men. Fortunately, we at Arkansas Urology know if prostate cancer is caught early, it’s very treatable. That’s why it’s so important to recognize and understand risk factors. Several different factors contribute to this cancer and when it occurs. Risk factors for prostate cancer differ from risk factors of most other cancers. So who is most likely to develop prostate cancer? Here are four top risk factors for prostate cancer:

African American man with daughter1. Age is the greatest risk factor. The older you are, the more likely you are to develop prostate cancer. About 80 percent of men who reach age 80 will have some cancer cells in their prostate. The majority of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over 65. In the U.S., the average age of a man just diagnosed with prostate cancer is 69.

2. Statistically, African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men. The cancer is also more likely to be advanced when it is diagnosed. Hispanic men have a lower risk of prostate cancer than white men.

3. Family history also plays a key role in whether or not you develop prostate cancer and when it occurs. If your father or brother had prostate cancer, your risk is doubled. Having a brother with prostate cancer seems to increase your risk more than your father. Multiple family members and the age of their diagnoses also affect your risk. Also, having a family history of genes that increase the risk of breast cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2) can increase your risk of prostate cancer.

4. Smoking, diet and obesity have been shown to be factors for aggressive prostate cancer, but they aren’t necessarily factors for low-risk prostate cancer.

If risk factors for prostate cancer are present, an early cancer screening is key. At Arkansas Urology, our team of physicians can share their knowledge of risk factors and advise you of when a screening should be scheduled. Give us a call today at 800-255-1762.

 

 

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September 2015

Top Reasons Men Should Get a Prostate Cancer Screening

By: Arkansas Urology

Prostate cancer affects one in seven men and is the most common non-skin cancer in the United States. The best treatment for prostate cancer is early treatment. At Arkansas Urology, we recognize the importance of catching cancer cells early to know how to best treat the cancer.

It’s proven that the earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better the outcome will be. Screenings are an important part of early detection. Since prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has become available, the number of deaths from prostate cancer has decreased.

Two tests are used to detect prostate cancer. The digital rectal exam (DRE) is where the doctor examines the prostate through the rectum to find any nodules. The second test is a blood test to see the level of PSA. Elevated PSA can be a sign of prostate cancer. After the tests, your doctor may recommend a biopsy of the prostate if cancer is suspected.

The American Cancer Society recommends screening at age 50 for most men, those of average risk. If you’re a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and have a strong family history of prostate cancer, they recommend screening earlier. Our staff of doctors will be happy to sit down with you and determine the best time for you to be screened based on your risk factors.

After your initial screening, your results will depend on when the next screening is recommend. For men with a PSA of less than 2.5 ng/mL, testing many only need to be every two years. If the PSA level is 2.5 ng/mL or higher, the screening should be done annually. Whatever your PSA level may be, our highly-skilled physicians will develop a plan to follow up with you to detect any cancer as soon as possible. And if there is cancer present, immediate treatment may not be necessary. Sometimes the best course of action with this slow-growing cancer is carefully monitoring it.

If you think you may need to have a prostate cancer screening, contact us. Give us a call at 1-800-255-1762 to make an appointment.

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