Prostate & Bladder Health

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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February 2, 2018

Urinary Tract Infections in Women – Why They Occur, How to Prevent Them

By Linda Gale, PA McDowell Urology Among the most common conditions we see at our urology practice is urinary tract infection, commonly known as UTI. These infections are (unfortunately) very common in women, and can cause severe discomfort. While UTIs are common, they can also be quite serious if not treated properly. Symptoms UTI symptoms […]

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January 11, 2018

What Is Cyberknife? Dennis of Marshall Shares His Prostate Cancer Treatment Success Story

In August 2017, Dennis Gingras of Marshall became the first patient in western North Carolina to be treated with Mission’s Cyberknife system for prostate cancer. After only five short treatments, his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) returned to normal range. Now, he’s feeling like his old self again. What Is Cyberknife? Cyberknife is a technology that delivers […]

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January 8, 2018

Is Screening for Prostate Cancer Always the Right Decision?

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA One of my recent blogs discussed the controversy behind prostate cancer screening, and recently I came across a great article that unpacks this discussion and takes it a step further. More healthcare is not necessarily better healthcare, and when it comes to screening for cancer in older patients this […]

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November 6, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – Addressing the Controversy

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA We all learned as children that “a stich in time saves nine” and that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, does the same thing always apply to healthcare? The answer is yes… for the most part. Early detection of disease is the rationale behind […]

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October 4, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – MRI vs. Biopsy

By Mehul Bhakta, MD Asheville Radiology According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Although many prostate cancers won’t impact a person’s health during his lifetime even without treatment, some are more aggressive and can lead to serious health issues, and death, if not treated. […]

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September 25, 2017

Is Prostate Cancer Screening Necessary?

By Gregory Carter, MD There have been arguments made against the need for prostate cancer screening, because prostate cancers occur in older men, are slow growing and are not likely to spread or result in death. If screening detects these cancers, through an abnormal PSA blood test or a suspicious nodule in the prostate gland […]

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June 15, 2017

Urinary Incontinence – Don’t Be Embarrassed, It’s More Common Than You Think

Do you unintentionally pee a little when you do any of the following? Laugh Run Cough Sneeze Lift objects If so, you are not alone and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Urinary incontinence (also known as stress incontinence) is much more common than you may think. The good news is there are treatments […]

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December 15, 2016

Prioritizing Intimacy – Tips to Reignite the Flame from a Sexual Health Expert

If you feel like you and your spouse or partner have “lost that lovin’ feeling,” don’t despair. It’s not uncommon, and it doesn’t have to be permanent. Like anything worthwhile, maintaining a healthy romantic relationship takes time and effort. Here are some tips and ideas to help you recapture some of the magic. Prioritize Intimacy […]

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