Cancer Treatment

Prince William Urology Associates

Urologists located in Manassas, VA

A diagnosis of prostate or bladder cancer is upsetting and frightening, but when caught early, these cancers are treatable. If you’ve undergone changes in how often you urinate, or if you find urinating painful and difficult, get checked out at Prince William Urology Associates in Manassas, Virginia. The team of urologists is experienced in diagnosing and treating cancers of the prostate and bladder. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Cancer Treatment Q & A

What is bladder cancer?

Bladder cancer affects your bladder, which is a round, hollow organ that stores urine right before it leaves your body. The muscles in your bladder push urine out through your urethra. With bladder cancer, the cells in the organ grow uncontrollably, starting with the inner lining. Bladder cancer can spread through the bladder, then to other parts of your body.

Risk factors for developing bladder cancer include:

  • Genetics: bladder cancer runs in families
  • Chronic bladder inflammation: regular bladder infections or long periods of irritation in your bladder indicate a risk of developing bladder cancer
  • Smoking: the chemicals you inhale from tobacco smoke build up in your bladder, not just your lungs
  • Occupation: jobs including truck driving, hairdressing, painting, and operating machinery can expose you to chemicals that lead to bladder cancer 

Bladder cancer more commonly affects men than women, and usually develops after age 40.

What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?

If you have early-stage bladder cancer, you may have blood in your urine, have to go to the bathroom more often, find urination painful, and have pain in your pelvis. Bladder cancer isn’t the only cause of these symptoms, but it’s important to schedule an appointment at Prince William Urology Associates for diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer affects your prostate, a gland located below your bladder and in front of your rectum. Your prostate produces some of the fluid that mixes with sperm to form semen.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men, especially men 65 and older, and it usually affects the gland cells, which are responsible for producing fluid. Most forms of prostate cancer grow slowly and can be easily treated if caught early before the cancer spreads. Though the cause of prostate cancer isn’t clear, some people inherit a genetic mutation that puts them at greater risk for the disease.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

In its early stages, prostate cancer usually doesn’t cause signs or symptoms, which is why it’s important to get screened regularly. When there are symptoms, they may include:

  • Weak stream when urinating
  • Frequent, urgent urination, including waking up to use the bathroom
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Pain when urinating or ejaculating
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pelvic discomfort

These symptoms aren’t always the result of prostate cancer, but be sure to get examined for any signs that concern you.

To get tested for bladder or prostate cancer, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.

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