If you’re experiencing frequent urination, difficulty urinating, or pain in the pelvic or rectal areas, you may be at risk for prostate cancer. The oncology and urology specialists at East Valley Urology Center (EVU) in Mesa, Arizona, diagnose and treat prostate cancer and other common prostate disorders. If you’re a man in Mesa or the surrounding Phoenix metropolitan area, call EVU Center for a prostate exam, prostate cancer screening, or state-of-the-art prostate cancer treatments. You can also book your appointment online.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men that surrounds the upper portion of the urethra, just below the bladder, and produces seminal fluids. Your EVU urologist examines your prostate during your regular checkups to detect abnormalities that may need diagnosis and treatment.
As you age, your prostate is susceptible to:
You should contact your EVU urologist immediately if you experience:
You have an increased risk for prostate cancer if you are:
Your urologist uses a simple screening test called the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test combined with a digital rectal exam to diagnose prostate cancer.
If your EVU specialist catches your prostate cancer at an early stage, the first strategy might be watching and waiting. If your tumor grows, treatment may consist of radiation, hormone therapy, and robotic laparoscopic surgery.
Depending on the development of your prostate cancer and state of your health, your doctor at EVU Center may recommend a treatment plan that includes:
If you’re under 55 and have no risk factors, you don't need screening. If you do have risk factors, your EVU urologist devises a tailor-made screening schedule. Men between the ages of 55-70 who are at low risk should be screened every one to two years.
You can continue testing after age 70 if your life expectancy is longer than 10 years.
Don’t wait any longer to address your prostate health. Get an annual prostate exam, follow screening recommendations, and call East Valley Urology Center if you have suspicious symptoms. You can also use the online booking form to set up an appointment.