Prostate & Bladder Health

December 19, 2018

What Goes In Must Come Out – How a Toxic Bladder Can Lead to Cancer over Time

By John Burns, MD As you head to the bathroom during your commercial break of “Christmas Vacation” this holiday, a little indulgence is okay, but try to avoid the smoke from Uncle Eddie’s cigar or the toxic lime Jell-O mold that Aunt Bethany brought. The point is that many of the things that we put […]

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November 14, 2018

PSA: How to Prevent Prostate Cancer and the Importance of Catching it Early

By John Burns, MD November, also known as MOvember, is the month we recognize men’s health. Does that explain the more than usual amount of “Mos,” or mustaches? Movember started in 2003 as a challenge for a few men to grow out their mustaches in an attempt to bring back a style pioneered by the […]

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November 4, 2018

Bathroom Blues: An Overactive Bladder Can Be Very Demanding

Nobody should know the location of every bathroom in western North Carolina, but some do. Opening the door or simply driving into the garage can trigger an uncontrollable urge to urinate. Learn how to reclaim your life from some leading urology experts. What is overactive bladder? According to Brian Cohen, MD, urologist with Mission Urology, […]

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October 2, 2018

Painful, Urgent or Frequent Urination? It Could Be Interstitial Cystitis

By Lee Ann Boyd, Certified Urology Nurse Practitioner Do you experience frequent, urgent or painful urination? It can be hard to tell if your bladder is simply active, overactive or if it might be inflamed. It could be interstitial cystitis. What is interstitial cystitis? Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder […]

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September 27, 2018

Treating Low Testosterone: Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?

By Lee Ann Boyd, Certified Urology Nurse Practitioner It is estimated that 2.5 million men over age 40 have hypogonadism – or low testosterone. The discussion of low testosterone often gets controversial when it comes to managing it – who do you treat? How do you treat it? What type of follow up is necessary? […]

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August 1, 2018

Feeling Out of Control of Your Bladder? Don’t Let Urinary Incontinence Slow You Down

By Lee Ann Boyd, Urology Nurse Practitioner Have you ever avoided a social situation, exercise or even just everyday activities because of urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence, or the involuntary loss of urine, can have an impact on a person’s overall well-being. If it keeps you from everyday life or a special occasion – no matter […]

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July 9, 2018

Putting the Patient First – Q&A: The Next Generation of Medical Office Buildings is Here

By Cheri Henshilwood President and CNO at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Rebecca Carter, answers questions about the offerings inside the Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Q. What makes care at the Mauzy-Phillips Center so different? A. All providers work within steps of one another at this center. Patient care collaboration occurs seamlessly in […]

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April 25, 2018

With Testicular Cancer, Early Detection Is Key

By Linda Gale, PA Testicular cancer is a rare diagnosis accounting for only 1 percent of male cancers. It is a younger man’s cancer – the most common type of cancer in men ages 15 to 35. Fortunately, it is a curable cancer with only 5 percent diagnosed with it die from the disease. Early […]

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March 7, 2018

Kidney Stones – How to Prevent a Very Painful Health Problem

By Gregory Carter, MD Kidney stones can be one of the most painful and debilitating conditions people ever have to deal with. Unfortunately, they are fairly common. It is estimated that 10-12 percent of men and 7 percent of women are affected by kidney stone disease. Kidney stones are becoming more and more common in […]

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February 21, 2018

Seeing a Specialist? How to Make the Most of Your Visit

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA Medical appointments can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you’re visiting a specialist. These doctor’s visits can present a whirlwind of new information, sometimes complicated by the anxiety and other understandable emotions that go along with concern for your health and well-being. And sometimes, no matter how much time you […]

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