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RGH Urology - Prevention & Screening

Your health is our top priority

Our urologists and surgeons are here to help you improve your overall health and quality of life. Understanding your personal risk factors, such as family history of certain cancers, and recognizing the signs for certain urological disorders such as kidney stones and cancers of the urinary tract are the first—and often most important—steps to maintaining your health.  

Proper screening is also an essential part of preventive care, and the following symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition requiring medical attention.

  • Blood in your urine (hematuria)
  • Pain while urinating
  • Changes in your urinary pattern
  • Frequent urination or difficulty holding urine (incontinence)
  • Weak urinary stream or inability to urinate
  • Pain in your lower abdomen
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Male infertility
  • Male impotence or erectile dysfunction
  • A testicular mass

Detecting kidney cancer

In addition to the general symptoms, other symptoms that could be an indication of kidney cancer include: 

  • Persistent pain in your back
  • A lump or mass in your side or abdomen
  • Swelling in your legs or ankles
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling very tired (even with proper sleep) 
An infection or other problem in the urinary tract can also cause these symptoms, so it’s important to seek a proper diagnosis and treatment if you notice these or any other unusual physical symptoms. 

Detecting prostate cancer

More difficult to detect than kidney cancer or other diseases, prostate cancer usually causes no early symptoms in most men. Prostate cancer grows at a slower rate and typically goes undetected until the cancer is large enough to spread beyond the prostate gland and begins affecting other organs such as the bladder or urethra. Symptoms of late-stage prostate cancer include:  

  • Delayed or slowed start to your urinary stream
  • Burning or pain while urinating
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Male impotence or erectile dysfunction
  • Blood in your urine or semen

Many of these symptoms are also associated with other, non-cancerous conditions, so it’s important to receive a thorough checkup and have any medical problem diagnosed and treated as early as possible. The most effective way to detect prostate cancer—before any symptoms occur—is through prostate cancer screening. This will allow you to receive the most effective treatment for the best possible outcome.

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