Your urinary system consists of your kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Urology care is focused on urinary system health, and if you’re a man, this includes your prostate, testicles, and other reproductive organs.
Urologic cancer is a general term used to describe cancer affecting any of the organs in your urinary system. Both men and women can develop urologic cancer, but it’s more common in men.
In fact, 1 in 8 men receives a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime. It’s the most common type of cancer affecting men after skin cancer — but there’s a lot you can do to protect your health.
Our team at Advanced Urology, with offices in Los Angeles, Culver City, and Redondo Beach, California, specializes in urology care, from prostate health to urologic cancer, and it’s time to learn from the experts. Find out more about the symptoms of urologic cancer and when to schedule a doctor’s appointment.
The importance of routine cancer screenings
Urologic cancers, including prostate cancer, don’t have early warning signs. By the time you begin noticing symptoms, the cancer has progressed and could be more difficult to treat.
To preserve your health, our team offers regular cancer screenings to increase the chances of early cancer identification. Your health needs change as you get older, but most men should start getting prostate cancer screenings around age 50.
The earlier urologic cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. Prostate cancer that’s detected early has a nearly 100% five-year survival rate. Talk to our team to find out which urologic cancer screenings could benefit you.
Symptoms of urologic cancer
The symptoms of urologic cancer can vary depending on the organs affected. If the cancer is local to your urinary system and reproductive organs, you might notice symptoms like:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Weak or intermittent urine stream
- Delayed urine stream
- Difficulty emptying bladder
- Pelvic or lower back pain
- Pain with urination or ejaculation
- Blood in urine
- Blood in semen
- Erectile dysfunction
It’s possible for urological cancer to spread outside the pelvic area. If cancer spreads to other areas of your body, symptoms can include:
- Bone or joint pain
- Weight changes
- Changes in bowel movements
It’s important to get regular health exams as you get older. Your risk of urologic cancers increases with age, and some cancers don’t have early warning signs, so the only way to get an early diagnosis is through routine cancer screening.
Your urologic cancer treatment options
If our team identifies cancer during a routine health exam, we may recommend additional testing to confirm your diagnosis.
If it’s been awhile since your last health exam and you’ve noticed any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to see a doctor right away. The earlier your cancer is identified and diagnosed, the better your chances of finding a successful treatment.
We tailor your treatment plan to the type of cancer that you have and its severity. Options include robotic surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and more. Our team is with you every step of the way to ensure you’re enjoying your best possible health.
Take control of your health with regular urologic cancer screenings and top-tier cancer care at Advanced Urology. Contact us online or via phone to schedule your next appointment.