If you see more men with mustaches and beards this month, give them a high five. The month of November concerns the consciousness of male health. Men usually resist slowing down to take care of themselves. From prostate cancer to testicular cancer and mental health are conditions in which men also need to pay special attention.
I talked to dr. Nazih Paul Khater, assistant urologist at the Department of Urology at Oshner-LSU Health, about the importance of screening for prostate cancer. Dr. Khater is also a scholarship holder of the Faculty at Robotic Assisted Surgery.
One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. This is just as significant a health risk for men as breast cancer for women.
Dr Khater says: "This year, there are 165,000 newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases, in 2018, and up to 30,000 deaths, and hence the second place after lung cancer was the second lethal cancer.
Dr. Khater gave us a rare appearance at the Oschner LSU hospital, where he performs prostate cancer removal using a robot. Prostate cancer is actually a small cancer that starts microscopically and grows slowly. If it is detected during a routine medical visit, in most cases the survival rate is 99 percent. Not bad! The problem is that most men avoid going to the doctor.
Elise Cook – professor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center says: "Many men do not get control tests or look at the symptoms of cancer, because their health is not something they say," they prefer to talk about their favorite sports team rather than talk about their health.
Of the top 10 causes of death in men, cancer is in second place among heart diseases. Colon and rectal cancer is associated with prostate cancer as the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Colon cancer can be almost completely prevented by a rapid colonoscopy. And prostate cancer can be easily treated.
I asked dr. Khatar, what people can do to help themselves: "So you have screening and prevention and basically you have two types of risk factors and you have factors that you can never change, you have racial ethnicity, and even your age, you can never control. "
African-Americans are more likely to get prostate cancer than any other race and 2.4 times more likely to die from this disease. Veterans are also particularly affected. In fact, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among veterans.
My conversation with Dr. Khatar finally leads to one of the most advanced surgical offices in Louisiana. "This is the future and we can say that it is the present because we live." He talks about the da Vinci surgical system. "So you have a 10x magnification when you're sitting on the console, you have a 3D view, a great depth perception that allows you to have excellent surgical control over the cancer, and the results are excellent."
The cost justification of the da Vinci system has prevented some hospitals from adding robot-assisted surgery. But research shows that a shorter stay in a hospital actually saves the hospital money. More importantly, it gives the patient a better result. Dr. Khatar says: "You will have less blood loss and a great urinalysis function that you have at the end of the procedure."
This is a more precise procedure for an area that can be difficult to achieve. "It's a small gland, and just below the pubic bone, where a large incision was made on the stomach, now we only make small incisions on the skin."
Oschner-LSU is one of the few hospitals in the state that caused one opening of more invasive prostate surgery to become obsolete. Overton VA does not have robot-assisted surgery, although VA is actively investigating a new combination of chemotherapy and gene-directed therapy. "The shift from the open to the robot has been scientifically proven for kidney cancer and you have similar data that also have an effect on bladder cancer and other urological operations."
But even this robot can not make a man eat healthy, exercise or go to the doctor.
Screening for men of African descent should begin at the age of 45. Otherwise, screening should start at 50. One final thought for men. Mental health is a serious problem for men. 75 percent of suicides are men. Please, take care of yourself.
Symptoms of prostate cancer:
- – A weak stream of urine
- – Blood in the urine
- – Erectile dysfunction
- -Pain in the central bone
Free screening test for prostate "Movember"
The LSU Health partners at the Wellness Clinic offer free prostate cancer tests every month, usually 3r & d Wednesday of the month (This month is 4th Wednesday, however, so it will be at 28th)
- Patients must call to make an appointment in advance, there is no possibility to visit during the hours because the places are limited. Partners in Wellness can be reached at (318) 813-2225.
- Patients did not have to undergo screening in the last year (screening tests are carried out once a year) and must be over 50 years old (recommended age for starting regular screening tests)
- Projections can be scheduled at any time in the Partners in Wellness program by calling (318) 813-2225.
- Partners in Wellness is located at 2015 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, LA 71104.
Cancer Center Willis Knighton offering free screening for prostate cancer, Friday November 16, 3: 00-6: 00 pm Same requirements as LSU Health.
* Advanced online registration is required at wkhs.com or call 318-212-8225.
If you have suicidal thoughts: connection 318-221-3989 or 800-273-8255