Five Reasons to See Your Urologist
Urinary health is important and should be monitored regularly. Oftentimes men overlook symptoms, or dismiss them, when they could be caused by a more serious condition. Knowing when to schedule an appointment with a Urologist is important for early diagnosis and treatment that could prove life saving.
- Blood in the urine, whether visible or only seen under a microscope, is not normal and can be an early warning sign of bladder or kidney cancer. One incident of blood in the urine mandates a visit to the urologist for basic screening tests and exams, including urine tests, x-rays, or a look inside the bladder with a fiberoptic scope (cystoscopy). Waiting to see if the blood will go away is not advised.
- An elevated or change in PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level. PSA remains one of the most sensitive indicators of prostate cancer. If your PSA level increases, even if still within "normal" levels, it may suggest cancer and should be evaluated.
- An abnormal prostate exam. Abnormalities -- firmness, small nodules, or irregularities -- may indicate prostate cancer. This is why it is critical that all men over the age of 40 get a yearly exam, ideally by the same doctor. If detected early, the cure rate is high.
- Any kidney abnormalities found on an x-ray. it must be assumed that these abnormalities are kidney cancers until proven otherwise. See a urologist before you schedule a biopsy for a kidney mass, as biopsies of a kidney mass can actually cause more harm, and may not provide the desired information.
- A testicular mass or persistent pain. Due to the rare chance of testicular cancer, any testicular mass, firmness, or nodule must be seen by a urologist. This includes men with testicular pain that does not resolve within 1 - 2 weeks. If caught early, testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancers.
As a leading surgical hospital focused on men's health, Marina Del Rey Hospital is committed to enhancing patient's lives by providing quality, focused care from a team of nationally recognized physicians and support staff. Our approach to urologic surgical care now includes sophisticated minimally invasive robotic surgery - the newest evolution in the treatment of a variety of conditions ranging from prostate and bladder cancer to urinary obstruction.