The prostate is about the size of a walnut, but can grow larger as men age. Sometimes this causes the prostate to press on the bladder or urethera, causing benign prostatic hyperplasia, the symptoms of which are similar to those associated with prostate cancer. Urinary symptoms, inflammation and infection caused by BPH can typically be treated.

When to Screen for Prostate Cancer

Screening for prostate cancer has long been part of the yearly checkup for many men. Although this procedure may reduce a patient’s risk for dying from the disease, evidence is conflicting about how helpful it actually is in reducing mortality. Because many prostate cancers are slow growing, treatment often does more psychological and physical harm…

This primary care provider could not feel these patients during a normal pelvic exam ovaries and ordered an abdominal ultrasound, which revealed a tumor on the right kidney. The tumor was initially diagnosed as an angiomyolipoma.

Renal Cell Carcinoma

This 64-year-old female patient, was referred to our clinic with an enlarging right renal tumor. The tumor was incidentally detected on ultrasound, which her primary-care provider (PCP) ordered in response to her nonpalpable ovaries.