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Prostate Cancer is Highly Treatable, but Early Detection is Key

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September 15, 2021
Prostate Cancer is Highly Treatable, but Early Detection is Key

You may notice a need to use the restroom more often.

If you’re a man in your 40s or older, your risk of contracting prostate cancer increases, and those additional visits to the restroom may be a telltale sign that treatment is needed.

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer affecting men, topped only by skin cancer. Prostate cancer also is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in men, behind lung cancer. If left untreated, prostate cancer can migrate to other parts of the body, including the lymph nodes and bones.

But prostate cancer is not always easy to detect. Early symptoms are similar to a non-cancerous enlarged prostate. You may need to urinate more frequently or have a weak stream when urinating. You also may need to urinate a second time quickly after the first time because your bladder hasn’t completely emptied.

Who is most vulnerable to prostate cancer? As men grow older, the chances of developing prostate cancer increase. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, or a family member has had cancer – even a mother or sister with breast cancer, or other types of cancers, you also may have a greater chance of developing it. Ethnicity also can play a role. African-American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry are at greater risk of getting prostate cancer and of developing it an earlier age. Asian-Americans and Hispanic or Latino men are less likely to develop the disease.

There is no certain way to prevent prostate cancer. However, healthy lifestyle choices may reduce your risk. A diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables may help lower the risk. Regular exercise and getting a full night of quality sleep also can help.

But here’s the good news: Prostate cancer is highly treatable, especially if it is caught early. Screening is key, and new, advanced technology provides more accurate and precise diagnoses than in the past. Garnet Health’s UroNav Fusion Biopsy System combines MRI images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided three-dimensional images in real time. The UroNav reduces the risk of overlooking a tumor and its advanced capabilities precisely target suspicious areas, reducing the need for multiple, random biopsies.

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To help you learn more, Garnet Health is offering free prostate cancer screenings Monday, September 20 through Friday, September 24. The free screenings are open to men 40 to 75 years old who have no history of prostate cancer and have not been under the care of a urologist for the past five years. Appointments are available; just call 1-888-489-2038.

You also can learn about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues facing men during a Garnet Health free webinar on Tuesday, September 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During this Community Health Self-Care Forum Series Webinar, medical experts will share insights about overall wellness, including ways to limit men’s risks of common illness and disease. The virtual seminar will provide information about topics including cardiovascular disease; urology issues and prostate screenings; dermatology concerns and skin-cancer screenings; the importance of sleep; and much more. Registration is required. Visit garnethealth.org/events or call 844-MY-GARNET (844-694-2763).

About Samuel Abourbih, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Abourbih obtained his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He completed his residency in Urology at McGill University Health Center in Montreal and a Fellowship in Endourology, Laparoscopy and Robotics from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. He is Board-certified in Urology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

About Garnet Health Doctors
Garnet Health Doctors is part of Garnet Health, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills. Garnet Health Doctors is a growing Urgent Care, Primary Care and multi-specialty, Hospital-supported medical practice. With Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals, we provide outpatient care to patients in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Pike and Sussex Counties. Appointments are available at offices in Bethel, Callicoon, Goshen, Harris, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Middletown, Monroe and Monticello. Visit garnethealth.org/doctors.


By Dr. Samuel Abourbih
Urologist, Garnet Health Doctors

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