Prostate Health

Men are statistically much less likely than women to seek medical care.
The urologists at the Melbourne Urology Centre are experts in diagnosing and treating medical conditions specific to men. Learn more about our services.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects up to one in seven Australian men in their lifetime. Whilst most men don’t die from the disease, it remains the second leading cause of cancer death in Australian men. Early detection and treatment can improve survival from prostate cancer. The surgeons at Melbourne Urology Centre work closely with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to ensure you have access to all treatment options and a personalized, unbiased, multidisciplinary approach to your care.

Our surgeons perform prostate cancer surgery utilising the latest Da Vinci robotic assisted laparoscopic platform. This minimally invasive approach has been shown to result in less blood loss and faster recovery time, getting you back on your feet quickly.

What is the prostate?

  • The prostate is a small organ deep in the pelvis, found only in males
  • It produces the semen fluid which is necessary for healthy sperm

What causes prostate cancer?

  • The exact causes of prostate cancer are still being investigated
  • Prostate cancer is common and increases with age; the lifetime risk is up to one in 7
  • If you have one or more first-degree relatives with prostate cancer you are at higher risk

What are the symptoms?

  • In the early stages, prostate cancer generally causes no symptoms at all
  • When prostate cancer becomes advanced it may cause:
    • Difficulty or pain with urination
    • Blood in the urine
    • Back pain (from spread to the bones)
  • These symptoms are more commonly associated with BPH (enlarged prostate)

What can be done?

  • If you are over 50 or over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer, talk to your family doctor about getting checked
  • PSA is a simple blood test that can help determine your risk

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