Prostate cancer kills 31,000 men every year. This is more than the number of deaths from breast cancer.
The good news is prostate cancer has a very high survival rate if it is found early. Dr. Kenneth Benson, a urologist, joined us Thursday on HealthWise at 5 to discuss new treatments for prostate cancer. One of these which is known as laparascopic surgery to remove the prostate.
"Well, a laparoscopic approach is where instead of making an incision from the belly button to the pubic bone, we make five small openings and we remove the entire prostate with a lapis," says Dr. Kenneth Benson,
Dr. Howard Beck was the first to bring this procedure to Lubbock. Now, Dr. Benson is offering it as well. He says it's too soon to tell if removing the prostate this way will mean fewer side effects, but they do know there's a lot less bleeding and the recovery is faster.