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Silver Cross & Advanced Urology host program on men’s health on Nov. 22

Joliet, IL (October 26, 2011)— Many men experience problems with their prostate at some time in their lives. In fact, men aged 50 and older are at a higher risk for prostate related problems. Silver Cross Hospital is hosting a free lecture--Healthy Men, Healthy Prostate, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to help men understand the signs of a healthy prostate.

andros gregDr. Greg Andros, urologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, will lead the discussion on various prostate problems, including prostate cancer, enlargement of the prostate (BPH), and infection of the prostate. Men will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions as well as information about prevention and screening. Also covered will be the latest treatments for enlarged prostate and erectile dysfunction, a condition affecting millions of men. This free program will be presented at the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. Register to attend at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Symptoms of prostate problems can include: difficulty starting or stopping urination; frequent need, pain, or blood/pus/cloudiness with urination; feeling as if the bladder is not completely empty after urination; pain in and around the base of the penis or discomfort between the scrotum and rectum; difficulty or painful erection; and pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs. 

Follow these self-care steps to help reduce everyday symptoms and prevent potential problems:

  • Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge to urinate. Don't "hold it."
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help flush away possible bacteria and old urine in the bladder, but don't drink large quantities all at one time or just before bedtime. Try drinking an 8-ounce glass of water each hour during the day.
  • Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, colas) and alcohol, which will make you urinate more.
  • Soak in a hot bath to help relieve discomfort and pain.
  • Avoid cold and allergy medications that contain antihistamines or decongestants.
  • If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, take your medication exactly as it is prescribed.

 

Call your doctor if you have symptoms that get worse or are not relieved with self-care.

The three most important steps you can take to maintain prostate health are to eat well, keep physically active, and see your doctor regularly. Because prostate cancer is curable when caught early but often doesn't have symptoms, talk to your doctor about scheduling routine prostate exams.

About Dr. Greg Andros
Dr. Andros is a board certified urologist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida and attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, completing a general surgery internship at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois and in urology at VA Hines/Loyola University, including a six-month rotation in pediatric urology at Children's Memorial Hospital. His office is located with Advanced Urology and will be moving to the new Silver Cross Hospital campus this December, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 430,  New Lenox. To make an appointment, call (815)726-3110.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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