New guidelines are offering good news in men’s health.

Changes to know in new PSA guidelines

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For years, there’s been debate surrounding a screening for prostate cancer called, “PSA,” or “Prostate-Specific Antigen.” Some doctors argued the test does more harm than good, putting men through aggressive treatment when it’s not necessary. One side of the argument says the test can’t tell the difference between slow growing, harmless prostate cancer and less common, aggressive, potentially deadly tumors.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force issued a draft recommendation. The revision indicates the test has benefits, something local doctors like Dr. Pratik Desai echo. He says while every case is unique, men 55 to 69 years of age should discuss with their doctor if PSA is right for them and their situation. “This revision recognizes the importance in screening and the fact, that it does- in a selected population, provides significant health benefits.”

Dr. Desai is a board-certified urologist and fellow of the American College of Surgeons with Potomac Urology Center. As a member of the Sentara Cancer Network, Dr. Desai specializes in urological cancer care, with Prostate Cancer being the second most common cancer in men- he says the issues they deal with are wide spread. “It’s stuff that men either don’t feel comfortable talking about or don’t have the forum in which they can discuss certain things: urination, sexual function, genital pain,” says Dr. Desai.

In fact, Potomac Urology Center is pioneering two new procedures- “Uro-lift” and “Rezum”- both used in the treatment of an enlarged prostate.

Dr. Desai says talking to your doctor is key and men shouldn’t hope a problem will just go away, “The stuff they should come see us with are any sort of discomfort or pain, any incontinence, any issue with their urination that will affect their quality of life, whether they can’t sleep at night or they can’t sit through a meeting or a movie. Anything of these things should be investigated.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Desai says if men should run into any problem they don’t have to travel to D.C. or Maryland for quality care; it’s already right here in Prince William County.

“When you look at number of total prostate patients treated in Prince William County, there’s not going to be anyone close to what our practice does,” says Dr. Desai proudly. “We’re the largest deliverer of this sort of care in the area.”

Potomac Urology Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is the premiere source for state of the art diagnosis, treatment and management of all urologic and urogynological conditions from simple to complex. To learn more and find a provider call 1-800-SENTARA (800-736-8272) today.