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Join Dr. Cockburn for a discussion on prostate health, urinary obstruction, and men’s HealthSeptember 9, 2015

As part of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Taos Surgical Specialties and Dr. Alden Cockburn invite you to a lunch n learn discussion about prostate health including cancer, urinary obstruction and how to stay healthy. The Lunch-n-Learn will take place on Wednesday, September 30 at El Taoseño Restaurant from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Follow this link to make an online reservation or call (575) 751-8909.

In 2015, it is expected that there will be approximately 221,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States, making it one of the most common forms of cancer for American men, second only to skin cancer. Despite the disease being so common, with approximately 1 out of every 7 men being diagnosed during his lifetime, it is a very survivable form of cancer. It is not known what causes prostate cancer, but statistics show that certain people are at higher risk than others. The people at the highest risk are men over 40 years of age, black men, people with a family history of prostate or breast cancer, and obese individuals.

What is prostate cancer?

The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland found in men, just below their bladder. It is responsible for creating seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm during sexual activity. Prostate cancer most commonly presents as a slow growing form of the disease, and is usually contained within the gland during the early stages. Later stages of the cancer can spread to nearby lymph nodes and into the bone.

In the early stages, there are often no signs or symptoms that can be noticed by a patient. This means that regular prostate exams by a physician and additional screenings are essential in finding tumors early. During later stages, some common symptoms are:

  • Trouble urinating or a weak stream
  • Blood in the semen
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

It is important to see a doctor if you are having any of these symptoms.

What is urinary obstruction?

Urinary obstruction can be caused by a variety of things including compression to the kidneys in the abdominal cavity, cancer that spreads to your kidneys, bladder, uterus, or colon, kidney stones, as well as an enlarged prostate in men. The obstruction can be temporary or permanent.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the midsection, on one or both sides of the body
  • Fever, nausea, and vomiting
  • Swelling or tenderness in the kidneys
  • A change in urinary habits

It’s important for both men and women to develop healthy habits and see their doctor on a regular basis. Good health practices can minimize a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. Good health practices should include: Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables as well as avoiding processed foods and drinking plenty of water. It is also important to exercise on a regular basis and try to maintain a healthy weight.