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If you’re in your forties and fifties, you’ve probably had the thought come across your mind that

It’s time for you to go see a urologist. You’ve been thinking about your family history of urological problems and might be a little concerned that you’re at risk. Well, you may be and I encourage you to seek out some medical guidance from a urologist if you have been thinking about your family history. 

And if you’re thinking about heading to the urologist, I recently did an episode on the 3 questions you should ask when seeing your urologist. Whether you’re a man in your 30s or 70s, these questions will help you navigate your visits and know exactly what questions to ask. 

Let’s dig in. 

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What Questions Should I Ask My Urologist?

The first question you should ask your urologist is that do you need a prostate exam. Plain and simple. Now you would think, of course, that other information could be gathered much easier through blood work or another test. But you want to know and need to know what they are trying to find. 

For example, are they trying to find a nodule? If your urologist or healthcare practitioner feels a nodule, it could mean one of two things. It could be prostate cancer or it could be an accumulation of calcium that causes the nodule to appear. Whatever the case, the prostate must be examed and it has to be asked. You as the patient need to know why you may need a prostate exam. 

Ask for the information and gather as much as you can. 

The second question you need to ask is what are the chances of the blood being in my urine? Now, I’ll let you know that 90% of the time that blood shows up in the urine, it is insignificant for benign reasons. And I know the anxiety that it may cause you seeing blood in your urine when you pee. And to rule out things like bladder cancer, they will do a cystoscopy. I’ll spare you the details of what it looks like because it will make you cringe, but the goal is to make you aware of any cancer cells or abnormalities. 

You want to get it checked out though even if there is a high chance it could be benign. 

Finally, you want to make sure that during your appointment, you are gathering as much information as possible. If you are worried about any sort of sign or condition, whether the symptom is small or painful, please go see your urologist. Please go see your healthcare practitioner and ask the questions needed for you to feel you are getting the knowledge needed to take care of yourself and to make the best choice for your health. 

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