Early Detection & Prevention for Men

Urology

Early Detection of Prostate Cancer and Other Diseases

Many men are especially reluctant to seek urological care because they don’t feel comfortable having to remove their clothes and submit to an extensive physical examination. Thanks to the MRI-based diagnostic procedures used at our clinic, our patients are neither required to remove their clothes nor submit to palpation. Instead, they simply lie in the cylinder-shaped tube of the MRI machine while the machine generates images that contain all of the crucial information that needs to be gathered about the prostate gland and its neighboring organs.


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The importance of early detection and prevention for men has increased along with the general rise in the incidence of prostate cancer. According to the Robert Koch Institute, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, and the incidence of the disease has increased by 150% since the 1980s.

Prostate Examination: The Only Means of Evaluating the Risks

Despite the fact that most men who are affected by prostate cancer have no symptoms whatsoever and even indicate that they feel healthy, many men still think that they don’t need to consider early detection and prevention until they experience clear symptoms of a prostate disorder, such as pain, discomfort and dysfunction.

Prostate cancer involves structural changes in the prostate tissue that are often very slight in the early stages of the disease. As a result, the men who are affected often experience no symptoms, such as urinary or erectile dysfunction, until the disease has progressed to an alarming stage. This is precisely the problem – given that the goal is to detect the disease at an early stage.

Nearly all men who are middle-aged or older show some degree of prostate enlargement. While this is no reason for alarm, it is essential to try to determine the cause of elevated PSA levels because these may indeed be a sign of cancer. In contrast, pronounced symptoms in otherwise healthy men are more often a sign of acute prostatitis or an excessively enlarged prostate gland.

The Unannounced Appearance of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer usually occurs without any sort of symptom-based forewarning. In fact, the only reliable forewarning is an abnormal PSA level. A changed or elevated PSA level is an indication that something isn’t right with the prostate and that an attempt should therefore be made to find the cause. But the problem here is that if men don’t go to a doctor to have the PSA concentration in their blood tested, they will simply remain unaware of a potentially threatening disease.

The level of PSA in a patient’s blood can be determined via a simple blood test.

(Find out more about PSA levels here.)

Special Early Detection & Prevention for Men

The importance of early detection & prevention in men increases particularly as they age beyond 40 years. Optimal preventive care for men consists in the combination of blood testing and imaging:

  • PSA and related blood tests
  • MRI of the prostate

At the ALTA Klinik, we place great value in the meeting that takes place between the doctor and the patient. This is why we first take the time to confer with our patients about the significance of PSA levels, previous illnesses, family history, pain and other symptoms.

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