Author: Urology Specialists of South Dakota

Urology Specialists are Spreading Awareness of Kidney Cancer

During Kidney Cancer Awareness Month in March, the team at Urology Specialists is working to educate our patients and community members about kidney cancer, which is among the 10 most common cancers in the U.S. In 2023, it is estimated that there will be more than 80,000 new cases of kidney cancer. Urology Specialists encourages everyone to discuss their risk and the warning signs of kidney cancer with a urologist.

As with other urologic cancers, early detection of kidney cancer often leads to more positive outcomes. Most kidney cancers do not cause pain or other symptoms in early stages, and routine screenings to detect early kidney cancer are not available. However, imaging tests may be recommended for people at high risk for the disease, so it is crucial to discuss personal risk with a urologist or health care provider.

People with a family history of kidney cancer are at a higher risk for kidney cancer. Most people diagnosed with kidney cancer are adults over the age of 60. Men are twice as likely to have kidney cancer than women, and the disease is more common in Black, American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Additionally, exposure to certain chemicals, especially trichloroethylene, can increase a person’s risk of kidney cancer.

Urologists are an essential part of a kidney cancer care team, who support patients by treating kidney cancer and helping to best preserve kidney function. If someone is diagnosed with kidney cancer, a urologist will typically work as part of a patient’s care team to tailor treatment plans based on each individual patient’s needs. For example, surgery may be the best option for some patients, while others may never need it.

“It is essential for patients to understand not only their risk for kidney cancer, but also their options
for treatment,” said Evan Goldfischer, M.D., president of LUGPA. “As independent urology practices,
our members work to establish trusting relationships with patients and provide them with a level of personalized and responsive care that is unmatched.”

Every person deserves access to high-quality, cost-effective care to prevent and treat kidney cancer. Expert urologists at Urology Specialists provide services in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa to help you understand risk factors, prevent, diagnose and treat kidney cancer. For more information on kidney cancer, give us a call at (605) 336-0635.

About LUGPA

LUGPA is the only nonprofit urology trade association in the US. Since its founding in 2008, LUGPA
has earned national recognition in the pursuit of its mission to preserve and advance the independent practice of urology while demonstrating quality and value to patients, vendors, thirdparty payors, legislators and regulatory agencies. The robust resources LUGPA provides help member groups to meet the challenges of independent practice in today’s rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. For more information, visit www.lugpa.org.

Urology Specialists Encourages Everyone to Learn About Their Risk for Urologic Cancers

Sioux Falls, SD – During National Cancer Prevention Month in February, Urology Specialists reminds everyone to speak with a urologist about their individual risk for urologic cancers and whether screening is recommended. Due to the recent pandemic, cancer screenings saw a dramatic decrease. In fact, an estimated 9.4 million screening tests that normally would have taken place in the U.S. in 2020 did not occur. The lack of testing in recent years has caused concern among physicians that individuals will be diagnosed with cancers at more advanced stages, potentially leading to more severe consequences.

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World Continence Week is June 20-26

This world continence week, the team at Urology Specialists wants patients to understand that they don’t have to live with incontinence. About 1 in 6 U.S. adults struggle with bladder incontinence, while about 1 in 12 U.S. adults reported symptoms of bowel incontinence in the past 30 days. There are millions of people living with these conditions, and too many are not getting help. Only about 1 in 8 adults with bladder control symptoms have been officially diagnosed, and on average it takes 6.5 years of incontinence symptoms before women seek an official diagnosis.

However, with a number of treatment options available, incontinence can be beaten. If you’re constantly leaving the house with pads or looking for the nearest restroom, contact Urology Specialists to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment. Our urologists are board-certified and have extensive experience diagnosing and treating incontinence, and will work to find the best treatment option for your specific case. Take control back this world continence week and contact Urology Specialists today!

Stop Leaking Urine When You Sneeze, Cough, & Exercise With Bulkamid®

Do you struggle with bladder leaks when you sneeze, cough, exercise, walk, and/or laugh? You may be living with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), a common condition shared by millions of women. In fact, according to recent studies, one in three women will suffer from SUI at some point in their lives⁶. Fortunately, the board-certified urologists of Urology Specialists can help relieve your symptoms with the revolutionary Bulkamid system.

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Dr. Lauren Wood Thum Discusses Overactive Bladder and Fecal Incontinence

Urology Specialists’ own Dr. Lauren Wood Thum recently led a discussion on the symptoms and causes of overactive bladder and fecal incontinence, along with a patient’s treatment options. Dr. Wood specifically focuses on Medtronic’s InterStim and NURO systems, and why these cutting-edge treatments are good options for many patients. Check out the full video below!

For more information on overactive bladder or fecal incontinence and how InterStim can help, contact Urology Specialists today! Give us a call at (605) 336-0635 to schedule an appointment at one of our many SD, MN, or IA offices.

Seek Help for Urinary Incontinence

Are you struggling with urinary incontinence? If so, you’re just like millions of people worldwide. But just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s normal. Dr. Lauren Wood Thum recently wrote a piece in The Prarie Doc about the importance of seeking treatment for urinary incontinence from a board-certified urologist.

Read Dr. Wood’s Article

If you’re dealing with urinary incontinence in the Sioux Falls area, contact the Urology Specialists today to schedule an appointment by calling (605) 336-0635.

Why Women Should Seek Treatment For Bladder Leakage

If you have occasional bladder leakage but are too embarrassed to reveal this to your physician, you are not alone. Although this is a very common issue, it is believed that half of women do not report this to their doctor. Focus on the fact that bladder leakage is a treatable condition. Unless you want to battle this on your own for the rest of your life, read about the reasons why women should seek treatment for bladder leakage, and what those treatments are.

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