Updated: 9/16/2013 2:30 pm
When Dr. Felix Regueira found out he had prostate cancer, just like any other victim, the news hit hard.
"Even though I’m a doctor, and I’m used to these kinds of diagnoses, on your own self, it's a different situation. I got goose bumps to say the least, and I got slightly stressed about it,” said Dr. Regueira, Pediatrician at Victoria Pediatrics and Adolescents.
But after fighting the symptoms for more than ten years, the news also came as a relief.
“In a way, I was expecting it, and I was happy to know that we had found it, and that we were going to take care of it,” said Dr. Regueira.
According to the CDC, more than 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it the most common cancer in men.
“As men age, their risk of prostate cancer goes up. It’s more prevalent in African American men than white men by far,” said Dr. Aaron New, Urologist with Citizens Medical Center.
Dr. New said the cancer is also common among family members. He said the best way to find out if you are at risk, is to get a screening.
“Men between 55 and 69 should at least have a conversation with their doctor, or urologist about getting screened. In the past, that set number was a little more broad,” said Dr. New.
He said if the screening comes back abnormal, a prostate biopsy is used to detect the cancer. And if cancer is diagnosed, there are new ways to remove it.
“Nowadays, most of the prostate removal, or prostectomies, are done robotically. So the surgeon sits at a console and actually maneuvers the side cart, which has the robotic arms and controls the surgery. And Citizens has had that robot for a few years now, so I’m happy to come back and bring that technology to my hometown,” said Dr. New.
“Whenever you have some form of symptoms, be sure to get checked by your doctor,” said Dr. Regueira.