Some of the most common health issues in men are things they might not be excited to talk about.
These include conditions that affect millions of men every year, such as erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and prostate cancer.
But the experts at UF Health Urology are committed to helping their male patients have sometimes uncomfortable discussions to ensure that evasion does not affect their health and quality of life.
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a common condition affecting one in four men.
“There are some studies that show that 50% of men over 50 suffer from erectile dysfunction, so it’s very common,” said Kevin Campbell, MD, assistant professor of urology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. .
Although many men over 50 suffer from ED, it is important to note that it is not an inevitable consequence of aging. However, people with chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, and those who use substances such as tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, have an increased risk of ED.
In most cases, ED can be corrected, and there are several treatment options, including oral drug therapy, penile injection therapy, and vacuum erection devices. In addition, there are surgical options. It is important to schedule a consultation with your doctor to determine which treatment option is best for you or your loved one.
Another common condition that men suffer from is urinary incontinence. Approximately 55 million men worldwide suffer from loss of urinary control.
For minor incontinence, behavioral modifications can help. This includes reducing fluid intake before bed, frequent bladder emptying, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure, such as weight lifting. Other treatments for urinary incontinence include external urine collection devices such as pads or diapers, an external pressure device, pelvic floor physical therapy, and surgery.
“Urinary incontinence is one of the most devastating side effects a person can experience after being treated for certain conditions, such as prostate cancer,” said Larry Yeung, MD, medical director of UF Health Urology – Medical Plaza and assistant professor in the department. Urology at the UF College of Medicine.
With almost 200,000 new cases of cancer each year in the United States, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American men. It tends to occur in men over the age of 50, with over 65% of cases being diagnosed at age 65 or older.
For most patients at low risk for prostate cancer, active surveillance is a safe treatment option. Surgery, radiation therapy, focal therapy, or a combination of several therapies are used for patients at intermediate to high risk for prostate cancer.
“The key to treating prostate cancer is a balance between cancer control and longevity and quality of life,” said Wayne Brisbane, MD, assistant professor of urology at UF College of Medicine. “While treating prostate cancer is important, you have to be careful not to overdo it.”
ED, urinary incontinence and prostate cancer affect many men. While it may be embarrassing to talk about it at first, UF Health Urology experts say it’s vital for men to get screened and treated for these conditions to make sure they don’t progress and affect quality of life.
Dr. Jung emphasized that the UF Health Urology team understands that each patient may have a sensitive topic that they need to discuss.
“Patients may be anxious, shy or afraid to tell anyone about their condition and it takes a lot of courage to wake up and come to the clinic,” he said. “Therefore, we make sure that every employee, from check-in to check-out, is very professional, and we provide a comfortable environment.”