Men's Health Screenings with Dr. Ryan Novak

Urology is a surgical specialty field that deals with the urinary organs. Urologists see patients most commonly for symptomatic issues, such as problems with urination or leakage, blood in the urine or flank pain, which can be signs of things like kidney stones.

With many cancers, specifically with men, prostate and testicular cancers, there are many categories of treatments that we can offer. Starting out with more of a physical therapy type approach, depending on the problem, and the moving on to medications and then procedures and surgery.

There are also treatment options available for patients who have issues with erectile dysfunction. These types of treatments just improve the current function of the patient.

For certain patients, some urologic tests might make sense. For instance, a PSA is a blood test that stands for prostate specific antigen. The level represents the relative risk that a patient has for prostate cancer. Other factors also play a role in terms of relative risk, include family history, the patient's age and other clinical factors.

The best strategy to maintain potency through life as a man is to take care of your body, just as you would to try to maintain good heart health, such as daily activity, eating the right foods, including those low in saturated fats and high in fiber. In the long-term that leads to better cardiovascular health, which also leads to improve erectile function.