September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that, after skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men? But, as is also true with skin cancer, the good news is that there are ways to help reduce your risk. Four easy lifestyle habits to help prevent prostate cancer: Enjoy Italian Food In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men who ate more than two servings of tomato sauce a week had a lower risk of prostate cancer than those who ate less than a serving per month. It is thought that certain compounds in the cooked tomatoes may shield DNA strands from breakage. Drink Responsibly Recent Finnish research finds that consuming more than 3 alcoholic drinks per week results in a higher risk of prostate cancer than for individuals consuming 3 or less. As the body metabolizes alcohol, it creates carcinogenic molecules, which are only okay in moderation. Quit Smoking You really shouldn’t need another reason to quit but… research indicates that smokers are more likely to die of prostate cancer than those that have never smoked. One possible factor is that carcinogens from tobacco smoke may promote the creation of tumors. Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit Recently, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that men eating the most legumes (roughly 6 ounces/week) had half the prostate cancer risk of those consuming less. As the body digests the fiber in beans, it decreases inflammation, which may play a role in the development of tumors. For more information about prostate cancer, including detection, symptoms, and treatment options, visit our website to learn more about prostate cancer or call us, at 609.924.6487 to schedule an appointment.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that occurs in most men as they age, is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland. Considered to be a normal part of the aging process, caused by changes in hormone balance and in cell growth, BPH is usually not a serious problem. It can, however, be problematic, causing urinary problems such as: Trouble getting a urine stream started and/or completely stopped (i.e. dribbling). Feeling like you always need to urinate, including waking up several times during the night to urinate. A weak urine stream. A sense that the bladder is not completely empty even after urination. In more serious cases, BPH can cause the bladder to be blocked, making it impossible or extremely hard to urinate. In these cases, backed-up urine (aka urinary retention) can lead to bladder infections, kidney stones, or kidney damage. Until relatively recently, treatment options for serious cases of BPH required medication and surgical procedures that often left patients dealing with side effects that included erection problems (i.e. ED) and retrograde ejaculation (i.e. the flow of semen backward into the bladder). That’s why the Urology Group of Princeton is excited to provide a non-surgical, minimally invasive option, called UroLift ®, as an alternative to traditional surgical methods. Boasting a 90% success rate, the UroLift ® procedure is performed in some patients even without the need for general anesthesia. The process involves using small titanium implants in the prostate to hold obstructing tissue away from the urethra, thereby relieving the symptoms of BPH. Although patients may experience pelvic discomfort and blood in the urine for a few days, they can usually return to regular activities within 48 hours. Data, accumulated on the procedure over the last 5 years, shows that about 10 percent of patients may need to have implants replaced. Urolift ® is reversible and insurance generally covers all costs. If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, please call the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment and find out if the UroLift ® procedure is right for you.
To our valued patients, Dr. Rosenberg, the founder of the Urology Group of Princeton, has announced his retirement after 50+ years of dedicated service. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and patients. We are very grateful for the outstanding care he provided to our patients and hope you will join us in wishing him the very best in all his upcoming endeavors. Please remember that our staff is ready to answer your questions and provide assistance as you make your next appointment. As always, we are honored to be your urology health partner!