We first want to thank you for entrusting the Urology Group of Princeton with your care. Now, more than ever, it is clear just how important trust is between patients and their doctors; we greatly appreciate the confidence you have placed us. We encourage you to call the office if you have any questions or concerns; as always, we are here to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the time being, in lieu of in-person appointments, we are leveraging Google Meet to conduct virtual face-to-face visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual visit is similar to an office visit but is done using your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Using Google Meet, we can talk about your symptoms, review test results, discuss treatment plans or medications, and answer questions about your health and care. To arrange a virtual visit, please call the Urology Group at 609.924.6487. These are trying times for sure but together we will get through it. Rest assured that you and your health remain our primary concern; we are working diligently to ensure there are no gaps in your care while also working to ensure the health and safety of all our patients and staff. Thank you for your flexibility and, once again, for entrusting your care to the Urology Group of Princeton.
March is National Kidney Month, a time when communities across the country raise awareness about kidney disease. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this year’s focus is the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. If you have high blood pressure, you’re at risk for chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and death. The good news is that you can help protect your kidneys by managing high blood pressure with these 6 healthy lifestyle habits. Take medications as prescribed. Your doctor may prescribe blood pressure-lowering medications that are effective in slowing the development of kidney disease. Aim for a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can improve blood pressure readings. Select healthier food and beverage options. Focus on fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, and other heart-healthy foods. Try to quit smoking. If you smoke, take steps to quit. Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Manage stress and make physical activity part of your routine. Consider healthy stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Urology Group of Princeton, at 609.924.6487, to schedule an appointment.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While it is customary for men to get women gifts for this special day, many women will be trying to figure out a way to show their man how much they love them as well. While chocolates, cards, and intimacy is nice, what’s a better way to show him how much you truly care than protecting his health? With prostate cancer being the second most common cancer among men in the United States, encouraging the man in your life to get screened for prostate cancer is the perfect way to show that you want him around for a while. Prostate cancer is also known as the ‘silent killer,’ as many men often do not have any symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Therefore, early detection is key. With early detection, prostate cancer can be beat. Key prostate cancer statistics: 1 in 7 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime 2nd most common cancer among US men after skin cancer 2nd leading cause of death in US men after lung cancer 1 in 38 men will die of prostate cancer African-American men have highest risk; more likely to develop aggressive disease, be diagnosed at younger age, and 2.5 times as likely to die from it. Prostate cancer screening involves two main tests: a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). As of right now, these are the only two widely used tests available that are used in combination to screen for prostate cancer. The PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. Prostate-specific antigen is a biomarker for prostate cancer. The only problem with the PSA test is that it is not specific for prostate cancer. If you have an elevated PSA, it may indicate other conditions besides prostate cancer such as a prostate infection or an enlarged prostate. Two other blood tests have been developed called the PHI test and the 4KScore test, which are becoming more widely used. Compared to the PSA test, the PHI test and 4KScore test are specific for prostate […]