Prostate cancer is the single most common kind of cancer found in men. It accounts for 27% of new cases in Canada. In total 1 in 7 men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, with the risks even greater for those with a family history of the disease. 25,500 Canadian men will be diagnosed in this year alone! Thankfully, it is curable, as 90% of patients recover as long as the cancer is detected and treated in the earliest stages, while it is confined to the prostate. As such, testing and awareness among men becomes incredibly important.
To help raise awareness, money for research, and increase the number of men who get tested – the “Movember” campaign was started. People across Canada pledge to grow mustaches for the month of November and collect donations. This years campaign has just completed! Canadians raised an astounding $33.6 million dollars for prostate cancer in Canada, 33% above last year’s total of $22.3 million! Participation and awareness of this campaign has also increased substantially, with increased media coverage and 246,060 Canadians participating (up 127,000 from the previous year’s 119,000) Funds raised go to research and survivorship programs driven by Prostate Cancer Canada.
However, men’s health challenges don’t stop when the prostate cancer is defeated. For many, treatment and recovery can bring on new struggles. One such struggle is stress incontinence. After prostatectomy, radiation therapy or cryotherapy for prostate cancer, some degree of incontinence is likely to occur. Incontinence is a condition where the urinary sphincter is not functioning properly – resulting in an inconvenient, unexpected and potentially embarrassing leakage of urine from the bladder. Often this leakage is triggered by stress like laughing, coughing, sneezing or physical activity. While non-life threatening, it can last for years and may even get worse over time – significantly impacting a man’s quality of life, self reliance and confidence.
To help men from across British Columbia who have combated prostate cancer to regain their health, and their control over their own body, False Creek Healthcare Centre is pleased to be offering a new procedure for those that suffer from male incontinence. The Advance male sling is an outpatient surgery that is being offered by renowned board-certified urologist Dr. Daniel Rapoport through the False Creek Healthcare Centre.
The AMS Advance male sling procedure is an effective and simple way for men with stress urinary incontinence to regain control of their life and their dignity. This male sling is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that provides support to the urinary sphincter when abdominal pressure increases occur, preventing the urine loss. It is performed with either spinal anesthesia or general anesthesia and takes about 45 – 75 minutes to complete. Patents can often go home just a few hours after surgery.
Dr. Rapoport will be offering information sessions on the sling procedure so that you can find out if it is right for you or a loved one. Sessions are available on the following day: February 9th, 2012
Call one of our Patient Advisors now at 1.800.815.9338 to register for a session or to learn more about a procedure or even to book an appointment. You can also find more information at the Advance Male Sling page on our website.