Urology Care in Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Steven Gange is a board-certified urologist who specializes in treating urological conditions in Salt Lake City. These include urinary incontinence, kidney stones, and select urologic cancers. Learn more about the treatments provided by Dr. Gange or if you would like to schedule an appointment, call our urology clinic in Salt Lake City at (801) 993-1800 today.
Urological oncology is one of the most important conditions to treat in the field. It deals with all cancers related to urology, including prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and bladder cancer mainly. These cancers are in the top 6 cancers in men, specifically.
The causes of prostate cancer, as with other cancers, are broad and complex. There is no single perspective on what causes prostate cancer. There are, however, certain factors that are associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer such as age, genetics, diet, and lifestyle.
Kidney cancer is slightly more common in men and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70 years. It is important to realize that with early diagnosis and treatment, kidney cancer can be cured.
The bladder is a hollow organ that stores urine. It is located inside the lower abdomen, is about the size of a grapefruit and is distensible (elastic) which allows its muscular wall to get larger and smaller. Bladder cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the bladder.
Men’s Reproductive Health
A very common group of conditions that urology covers is reproductive health. This is anything relating to a male’s ability to reproduce. Reproductive health conditions include low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, and also infertility.
Almost all men experience a drop in testosterone as they age. However, an extreme loss of testosterone can lead to many side effects such as fatigue, low sex drive, and mood changes.
Erectile dysfunction is nothing to be embarrassed about and is usually easily treated. The first step is to talk to your doctor and learn your options.
About 35% of all infertility issues are caused by the male reproductive system, so it’s not uncommon and definitely not just a woman’s issue. It’s important to get tested if you believe you may be infertile.
When scar tissue develops under the skin of the penis due to trauma or minor injury, Peyronie’s disease may occur. As the scar tissue forms in the penis may become bent or indented during an erection, which can cause increasing pain.
Cancer that starts in the testicles is called testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is not that common, about 1 in every 250 men will develop testicular cancer in their lifetime. The average age for testicular cancer is 33 and is most common in middle-aged men.
Incontinence and Urinary Issues
Many people experience urinary incontinence for men. Additionally, we also treat conditions such as Kidney Stones and BPH, which can cause issues with your urinary tract and bladder health.
- Kidney Stones are formations of acid salts and minerals that can be caused by a number of things. Learn their causes, symptoms and how to treat them before they become a big problem.
- BPH (Enlarged Prostate): The prostate always enlarges as you get older, but it may get to a point where it can cause issues urinating. It’s important to note BPH and prostate cancer are not related.
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): A Urinary tract infection, or a UTI, is an infection of the urinary system that is typically found in the bladder. Urinary tract infections are more often found in women than men.
- Male Urinary Incontinence: Bladder (or urinary) incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. It is a serious problem that men are reluctant to discuss with others. When the muscle (sphincter) that holds the bladder neck closed is not strong enough to retain urine in the bladder, the result is urinary incontinence.