Around half of all men aged 60 or over have prostate problems. Most will be suffering from ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’ (BPH), a non-cancerous condition involving enlargement of the prostate. Rarer but more dangerous is prostate cancer. According to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute, there are nearly 60,000 new cases of prostate cancer among men in Germany each year. In its early stages, prostate cancer does not give rise to any symptoms and, in the absence of screening, is therefore often detected at a late stage.
If detected early, prostate cancer has a good chance of being cured. The recommendation for men aged 50 and over is therefore to attend an annual screening check-up. The cost of this check-up will be met by your health insurance provider. Health insurance providers do not, however, cover some additional tests recommended by urologists, in particular checking the level of PSA – an early indicator of prostate cancer – in the blood.
Good treatment outcomes for prostate cancer depend on factors such as continuously improving diagnosis and treatment of the condition. Patients at the Center for Robotic Medicine (Urology) in Gronau are also benefiting from the development of novel, innovative technologies such as transperineal fusion biopsy.
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