UF Health hosts 'Prostate Cancer Awareness Month' event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month and today UF Health held an event to show the public the latest treatment options for the disease.

The event shared new prostate screening recommendations such as men getting a PSA blood test before prostate examinations. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen.

There was a demonstration of the 'Da Vinci robotic surgical system’ used during prostate cancer surgery.

UF associate chairman of urology, Thomas Stringer, says that using the robotic equipment is helpful for the patient.

“Less time in the hospital by several days, patients go home the next day, there's less blood loss which is a good surgical outcome. A better application, less invasive. Patients tolerate well.”

UF professor & chairman of the urology department, Li-Ming Su, also agrees about the benefits of the use of robotic equipment during prostate cancer surgery.

“This has reduced blood loss, reduce hospital stay, less pain, and faster recuperation,” Su said.

According to UF Health, one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.