LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. It's one of the leading causes of death in U.S. men, but early detection and a new form of surgery is helping save lives.
This year, 50-year-old David Matthews found out he had prostate cancer but because it was found early, Matthews was given several treatment and surgical options.
"I really felt a feeling of calm," he said. "I never panicked. My wife never panicked."
One of those options was the Da Vinci Surgery with the ProPep Nerve Monitoring System. Many may think using robots seems like a scene from a science fiction movie, but hospitals are now investing in Da Vinci Robot Systems. They offer minimally invasive surgery that dramatically influence the treatment of prostate cancer.
"That along with good surgical technique reduces the risk of long term urinary incontinence or bladder control problems after surgery," explained Dr. Ronald Kuhn with Baptist Health.
While the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation provides free screenings to fulfill its mission of promoting awareness, Dr. Kuhn said many men are reluctant to have their prostates checked.
"If it occurs early enough in your life line and your life expectancy is long enough, it's going to cause problems. It's a terrible way to die," he added.
That's why Kuhn believes it's important for men to get regular exams and talk with their doctors about any unusual symptoms.
As for Matthews, he's now cancer free.
"I am thankful that I detected the cancer early, and I'm thankful for the technology that enable them to cure it," he said.
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