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Noun. Sexual gland found under a man’s bladder that is responsible for the most frequent form of cancer in the male population.
The prostate is an often misunderstood organ and is rarely thought about until it starts creating issues. Most men will encounter prostatic troubles throughout their lives, namely prostatic hyperplasia and even prostate cancer. Thankfully, a lot of efforts have been deployed in the last few years to bring awareness to the importance of prostatic screening exams in routine medical visits.
After a certain age, it is important to talk to your doctor about prostate examination and undergo blood tests to detect any potential anomalies. Prostate cancer may be the most common form of cancer in men, but it is also one of the most responsive to treatment when caught early.
Aside from cancer, your prostate can cause other issues. Prostatic hyperplasia occurs when the prostate increases in size. It is a common phenomenon that occurs with aging. When the prostate presses on the bladder or urethra, some men will experience a range of urinary issues that need to be addressed.
Screening for prostate issues
Using state of the art technology
During a physical examination, your doctor will determine if your prostate presents a normal volume or if it seems enlarged or shows any suspicious nodule. A blood test lets us measure levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), that are often elevated in the case of a prostatic issue.
In addition to the routine tests, Créa-MeD works in partnership with medical centers to offer you specialized diagnostic tools, namely the comparison of PSA levels and anatomical structures using magnetic resonance imaging. This technique allows us to better target suspicious regions and biopsy them as precisely as possible. Thus when a biopsy is necessary, the images obtained by MRI are transferred to an ultrasound machine to guide the biopsy process, rendering the procedure much more precise.
In a consultation, your doctor will take into account many factors such as your age, your medical history, and your family history to determine when and how often your screening should take place.