Renal cell carcinoma is often detected incidentally: a routine x-ray reveals that the kidney is enlarged. From there, further testing is required to confirm the diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, the cancer is staged to determine how advanced the tumor is. Continue reading “Renal cell carcinoma – CT Scan, Intravenous Pyelogram and Other Tools” »
Kidney cancer incidence rates in the United States have risen dramatically since the 1950s. They have risen over 126 percent, translating into over 30,000 new cases a year. Death rates have risen by 36.5 percent, causing approximately 11,900 deaths a year. Continue reading “Kidney Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment” »
Prostatitis is the medical term for an inflamed prostate. The condition is common: fifty percent of men experience prostatitis symptoms at some time in their lives. For some men, an inflamed prostate is a temporary condition, while others experience chronic prostatitis symptoms. Continue reading “Chronic Prostatitis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment” »
The testicles are very sensitive, as any man can tell you. It’s a rare man who hasn’t experienced the physical trauma of being “canned” at some point in his life. Whether it was during a playground scuffle as a kid, or accidentally walking into a table corner that was just the wrong height, most men have experienced testicle pain. Continue reading “Causes of Testicle Pain Range from Mumps Orchitis to Cancer” »
Urinary tract infections are a serious health problem affecting millions of people each year. Infections of the urinary tract are common–only respiratory infections occur more often. In 1997, urinary tract infections (UTIs) accounted for about 8.3 million doctor visits. Continue reading “Urinary Tract Infections in Adults” »
Prostate problems may be preventable: a number of preventive measures are being investigated through clinical trials. New medication, vitamin supplements, and even the food we eat may help reduce the risk of cancer and other prostate problems.
Dietary Suggestions, Lycopene and Antioxidants
Prostate cancer has been linked to both obesity and consumption of fatty foods. Eating a diet high in fruits, grains and vegetables can help maintain healthy weight levels and control fatty food intake. Of course, losing weight is easier said than done.
Lycopene is an antioxidant that prevents damage to the body’s DNA. Eating foods high in lycopene antioxidants may help prevent cancer. Tomatoes, watermelons and grapefruits are good sources of lycopene. Limiting alcohol, and caffeine is also recommended.
Maintaining Urinary Health
If you suffer from BPH or prostatitis, pay attention to your bladder. Don’t let your bladder get too full or wait to urinate: this increases the chances of urine remaining in the bladder and causing infections. Urination can be slow and difficult with prostate problems, but try to empty your bladder as thoroughly as possible when you urinate.
The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT)
In 2001, the selenium and vitamin E cancer prevention trial (SELECT) began to investigate the prostate-protecting properties of selenium and vitamin E. Previous clinical trials suggest that selenium may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by sixty percent, and vitamin E by as much as thirty percent. (Vitamin A supplements, on the other hand, raise the risk.)
SELECT is the largest prostate cancer prevention clinical trial ever done. In the first year alone, 13,951 men were recruited. When completed in 2013, SELECT researchers expect to have studied 32,400 men at 435 sites in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
If you’re interested in taking part in SELECT, the trial is open to men 55 years and older, with an exception made for African American men. As prostate cancer rates are higher amongst the African American community, and develop earlier in life, African Americans can enter the trial at age fifty.
The prostate is a small gland, usually described as “walnut-sized,” that, together with the seminal vesicles, produces the fluid part of semen. It is located just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes through the penis. Continue reading “Top Men’s Health Issues: Prostate Disorders” »
If you had ever experienced “passing a kidney stone” you have endured on of the most painful conditions known to man. Kidney stones may be silent and manifest no symptoms, but most often produce sudden, severe and excruciating back pain that can be intermittent and radiate from the back across the abdomen and then into the genital area or inner thigh area. Continue reading “Kidney Stones Better Prevented Than Passed” »
My age is about 30 years. Two days back, during urination when I was coughing I found that something is coming out. It was not due to my periods. I also confirm that I am not pregnant. What could be the reason? Is it some type of infection? Is there some serious problem? Should I go in for some investigations? What treatment would be advisable? Continue reading “Something coming out during urination, is it a serious problem?” »
Bladder infections are no fun. Ordinary urine contains the waste products, fluid, and salts that are body needs to expel. When bacteria is found in the urine it can cause a bacterial infection in the urinary tract, pain, stiffening of the bladder, and could lead to bleeding. Urinary tract infections are miserable but can be helped by taking preventive measures and using some home cures. Continue reading “Bladder Infection and Treatment” »