What if you get a prostate scan and you’re not sure what to expect?
The symptoms you’re seeing are pretty common and if they’re not seen quickly enough you may need to go in for an ultrasound to find out.
But with so many questions being asked about the ultrasound, some doctors say they are just as comfortable giving an opinion.
Dr. William Schumann, an OB/GYN in the Cleveland Clinic’s division of urology, said the main thing to do is to be cautious and ask questions.
Dr. Schumann said the most common symptoms that people are seeing are enlarged prostate and/or increased blood pressure.
“If you’re really concerned, we’re not going to tell you that they’re benign,” he said.
“We don’t know if they’ve actually been there, we don’t have any kind of medical evidence to support that.
And that’s the thing, because the more we learn about it, the more likely it is that you’re going to be wrong.”
Schumann said it is important to be careful and not rush an ultrasound, and it’s important to do it at home, not at a hospital.
“I’m not saying you should go in there and try to put your finger on a needle, I’m not even saying you shouldn’t, but you should know what you’re getting into,” he explained.
“If you have symptoms like a swelling, then it’s a little bit different than if it’s swelling at the bottom of the balls.”
A more common reason that people report experiencing an ultrasound is that they are worried about getting pregnant.
It’s not known whether that is the cause of the abnormal findings, but there are studies that suggest it may be a contributing factor.
“It’s a very common cause of prostate cancer,” Schumann explained.
“We do have studies that have shown that people who have a higher incidence of prostate disease are more likely to have an abnormal ultrasound.
So if you have a high incidence of the disease and you have an elevated risk for the disease, then you’re more likely than people who are not diagnosed with the disease to have abnormal ultrasound.”
In addition to prostate cancer, there are many other types of cancers that are more common in people who do not have prostate cancer.
Some of these include breast cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and some types of leukemia.