Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men after skin cancer according to the American Cancer Society. This is a significant data point for men as the prostate is an important organ that sits below the bladder, and its function is to produce semen.
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According to Harvard Medical School, approximately 19% of men and 9% of women will experience a kidney stone by age 70.
If you have never experienced the excruciating pain of passing a kidney stone, consider yourself to be very lucky. If you have had at least one, unfortunately you are likely to have another. In either case you should keep reading to learn how your diet can help keep these painful stones at bay.
Let’s set the record straight right from the beginning, your urine should be pale yellow and clear. Anything else, take note.
The unfortunate fact about prostate cancer is that it does not show symptoms in its early stages of development. That is why prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States.
Persistent urinary tract infections (UTI) or UTI-like symptoms may be an indication of bladder cancer or the potential for bladder cancer. It depends on the type of symptoms, how long you have had them and if there is pain involved.
Getting the facts, as well as seeing your doctor, is important if you are experiencing continued UTI’s or UTI-like symptoms.
The bladder is where urine is stored until it can be released from your body. Bladder cancer occurs in the lining of the bladder in the form of three types of cancer that are more common in white men but can also be found in women. With 74,000 cases diagnosed per year, it is considered the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States.
Bladder cancer often has symptoms similar to a UTI. This can be problematic as a doctor may quickly prescribe treatment for a UTI infection when treatment for bladder cancer should be given instead. As a result, a delay of receiving important medication could allow more cancer damage to happen. Approximately 15,000 people die each year from this disease.
Symptoms for a UTI may be:
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Pain during urination
- Pressure in lower stomach or back
- Strong need to urinate, even after going to the bathroom
Symptoms for bladder cancer could include:
- Blood in the urine
- Urination pain
- Pain in the lower back
- Having to go to the bathroom all the time
Possible causes of bladder cancer
UTI-like symptoms could be a sign of possible bladder cancer but there are also various causes that have been associated with the disease.
Smoking is one of the major contributors to this disease. Those who smoke have a higher chance of developing the disease than non-smokers.
Exposure to chemicals could also lead to the development of bladder cancer. If your kidneys, which are directly linked to your bladder, are constantly exposed to harsh chemicals, a bladder problem could develop.
Family history can often be a cause of various diseases, especially bladder cancer. If a close or sometimes even distant relative had this disease your chances may rise.
When to see your doctor
Second guessing chronic UTI’s or UTI-like symptoms could be a bad move. Always see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or you just feel like something is wrong. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaplon, MD call (941) 917-5400 today.
Improving ED and urinary incontinence with pelvic floor physical therapy may sound like a foreign language to the average American male. Even though approximately 25% of men under 40 have issues with ED, they may not be familiar with the importance of strong pelvic floor muscles and how physical therapy can improve their issues.
Like any cancer, testicular cancer poses serious health risks to those diagnosed with it. The key to treatment and survival from testicular cancer lies in early detection.
Have you ever had a great time with friends laughing out loud, but found yourself uncontrollably leaking urine? You might have even thought “I’m too young for this to be happening.”
The truth is urinary incontinence is not just for older women. It can happen to women of all ages during exercise or while laughing, sneezing and coughing. This particular type of incontinence is known as stress urinary incontinence and it is quite prevalent.
Anyone who has ever experienced the knife-like pain of passing a kidney stone vows to do everything to keep their kidneys free of stones in the future. Those lucky enough to have never had a stone, listen up, because these tips may save you from a whole world of hurt.
Whichever column you fit in to, it can’t “hurt” to do a quick review, or learn for the first time, how to avoid kidney stones.