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Content provided by Samaritan Health Services Prostate cancer: Early detection and screenings lead to higher cure rates September marks prostate cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American men behind lung, resulting in one out of 41 dying from this disease. Men 65 years of age and older, African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are at highest risk. It’s encouraged that men begin having these conversations with their doctor as early as age 50, even sooner if at greater risk. During 2019, it’s estimated that 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and 31,620 deaths will result from this disease. “Early detection of prostate cancer is important and may result in improved cure rates,” said Layron Long, MD, of Samaritan Urology. “Common signs of prostate issues to watch for include burning, pain, trouble starting or stopping urinating, frequent urge to urinate at night, loss of bladder control and difficulty getting an erection. These issues may be unrelated to prostate cancer, which is why testing is so important.” Standard methods of diagnosis include a physical exam, specifically a DRE, (digital rectal exam), a blood test and ultimately a biopsy of the prostate. Dr. Long reports that other like genetic testing integrated common screenings, such as PSA with MRI (magnetic resonance (prostate-specific antigen) have imaging) for detection of specific been controversial due to the areas in the prostate to be lack of sensitivity and specificity biopsied, detection has never of this diagnostic test. There is been more precise. no specific normal or abnormal If a prostate is diagnosed as PSA level. Because of this, PSA cancerous, genetic testing serves levels are closely monitored as a new tool that can help direct to determine whether further treatment pathways. investigation, such as a biopsy is “The diagnosis and treatment of needed. Other clinical factors like prostate cancer requires state-ofage, family, medical history and the-art technologies and trained background are also considered. faculty and staff,” said Dr. Long. With new modes of prostate “Fortunately for our patients, cancer screening on the rise, Samaritan Health Services is UroLift, treatment for enlarged prostate For men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, treatments have historically been limited to oral medication to improve symptoms or surgery to remove excess tissue. A newer procedure called UroLift is minimally invasive and with fewer side effects. Talk with your doctor about your prostate health and necessary screening options. If you’ve been affected by prostate cancer and want to talk with others who have faced this disease, the Man to Man Cancer Support Group provides a space to discuss the physical and emotional aspect of this disease. Call 541-812-5888 for details about this group. To learn more about services at Samaritan Urology or to find a clinician, visit Livinghealthy Community classes to keep you healthy If men are experiencing mild urinary problems, treatment can usually be managed with a daily medication. “Medication typically has good results for mild cases of enlarged prostate,” said Dr. Laciak. “Some men don’t want to be on a pill every day or are worried about “UroLift is a great alternative to the side effects of medications what we’ve had in the past,” said and traditional surgery, Robert Laciak, MD, of Samaritan especially sexual side effects. Urology, who specializes in the That’s where UroLift is a great procedure. “Laser vaporization solution.” and transurethral resection are UroLift works by placing tiny still common and appropriate implants that physically hold in many cases. For people who the prostate away from the fit the criteria for UroLift, it can urethra. This is a mechanical open up a whole new world.” opening of the area as opposed Dr. Laciak reports that problems with enlarged prostate typically begin after the age of 50 and become more likely as you age. equipped with such resources.” to traditional cutting of excess tissue. Side effects and recovery are therefore minimized. This is an outpatient surgical procedure. Patients can go home the same day and there is usually no need for a catheter, which is typical with traditional prostate surgery. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, where urine moves from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate grows, it can interfere with the urethra and “This is a minimally invasive, men can experience troublesome long term solution to enlarged urinary symptoms. prostate,” said Dr. Laciak. “It’s a nice in-between for the person who doesn’t want to take a pill and doesn’t want a more invasive procedure.” Learn how UroLift restored independence for Newport man, Conrad Willett, and score your own prostate health, at Struggling after childbirth? You’re not alone Get the support you need at Hope for Mothers, a support group available in Albany and Lebanon for moms struggling with postpartum depression. Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Information: 541-812-4475 Can you reverse diabetes? Learn tips and lifestyle changes to control, and possibly reverse diabetes at a support group with Diabetes Educator Theresa Anderson. Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m., on the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center campus. Registration: 541-768-6974. Take the first steps to manage pain Join a free six-week program to help you learn tools to manage your pain. Starts Sept. 19 in Albany and Sept. 24 in Corvallis. Registration: or 866-243-7747 Discover weight management options Join us for a free seminar and learn about weight loss surgery, the steps involved, program benefits, insurance coverage and more. Sept. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Registration: or 541-768-4280 Quit smoking now Sign up for Freedom from Smoking, an eight-part class and learn to develop a plan to quit for good. Sept. 10 through Oct. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Samaritan Internal Medicine in Corvallis. Registration: 866-243-7747 or Get your sleep questions answered Learn more about sleep apnea and treatments available at the annual Sleep Apnea Fair. Sept. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Registration: 541-812-5040. Get help with your advance directive Join Chaplain Wes Sedlacek for a free class where he will explain the form and help you fill it out. Oct. 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Albany Public Library. Registration: 541-812-4960 or Visit for a complete list of classes and support groups in your community.

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