September 9, 2013 3:38 pm

Dr. Kris Gast ~ Ask the Pros

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Q: How do you know you have prostate cancer?


A: Most men with early stages of prostate cancer are symptom free.  More advanced prostate cancer may cause signs and symptoms such as painful urination or bowel movements, blood in urine or stools, and difficulty urinating or being constipated.  The late symptoms indicating the cancer has spread can include bone pain.  A prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test can detect prostate cancer long before any symptoms might appear.  The recommendation is that men over the age of 50 or men ages 40 to 50 who have a family history of prostate cancer be screened.  On September 19, 2013, Fort Smith Radiation Oncology is offering a free PSA screening from 8am-11:30am and 1pm-3:00pm. Please call 479-648-1800 to receive additional information and to schedule your free screening.


Q: Does having a vasectomy increase my risk of prostate cancer?

A: From all the studies I have read, none have shown a link between having a vasectomy and developing prostate cancer.  This thought is just one of the many myths regarding prostate cancer.  Other myths can include the following: prostate cancer treatment always causes impotence, sexual activity increases the risk of prostate cancer, prostate cancer is contagious, and prostate cancer is an “old man’s” disease.  For more information about prostate cancer, please make plans to attend my UAFS Lifelong Learning lecture titled Prostate Cancer: Myths and Reality at UAFS on September 18at 1:00 pm at the Echols Conference center.  Visit the website to register for the lecture or call 479-648-1800 for more information.

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