“Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” in September is a reminder for men to take good care of themselves. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among American men, primarily affecting men over 50. Prostate cancer forms in the tissues of the prostate, which is a walnut-sized gland in the male reproductive system that makes and stores seminal fluid. It’s situated below the bladder and in front of the rectum.
“The best advice for reducing one’s risk for prostate cancer is to have a healthy lifestyle that includes a well-balanced diet–with different food sources, especially fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein–and to exercise,” says Dr. Judd Boczko, Westmed urologist.
The American Cancer Society refers to studies showing that these wellness practices after a prostate cancer diagnosis can also lower the chances of the cancer coming back.
Screening for prostate cancer with serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is controversial. For men ages 40-50, Westmed’s preventive health guidelines recommend that patients discuss the pros and cons of PSA testing with their primary care provider.
What’s new at Westmed Urology? Under the guidance of Dr. Boczko, the department has a new MRI prostate biopsy system called Navigo. It is not necessary for every patient undergoing a biopsy, but it is used especially for patients undergoing a repeat biopsy or patients with cancer who have chosen active surveillance. The Navigo™ device allows physicians to image, plan, place and record prostate biopsy samples in high resolution 3D, allowing for a more exact biopsy.
Westmed Urology has also been a leader in using genetic testing such as the Prolaris test, in men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. This test allows a urologist to further assess risk beyond what a standard pathology report shows. This extra information has the ability to aid a man in choosing which treatment option is best when he is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Call your doctor for an appointment if you have symptoms that worry you in any way. Keep in mind that the symptoms may be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer.
Westmed Urologist Dr. Judd Boczko sees patients at 210 Westchester Ave., 1 Theall Rd. in Rye and 171 Huguenot St. in New Rochelle. Dr. Bryan Blair has appointments available at 210 Westchester Ave., White Plains; 1 Theall Rd., Rye; at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. Dr. Angelish Kumar sees patients at 210 Westchester Avenue, 3030 Westchester Avenue and Ridge Hill.