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Quick quiz: when should you get tested for sexually transmitted infections?

Hold-on, you’re not in your twenties? You’re not promiscuous? Did you know that rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have surged in the past decade in middle-aged Canadians? The Center for Disease Control in the US reports increases in syphilis and chlamydia of over 180% in adults aged 45 to 65 years old1. Why the increase? Experts speculate that the availability and use of phosphodiesterase inhibitors, such as Viagra™ and Cialis™, is linked.

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Does masturbation prevent prostate cancer?

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Recently, on-line media outlets touted the value of masturbating 21 times a month to prevent prostate cancer. We decided to check out the research behind this claim. Here’s what we found.

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Bladder and Renal Cancers: New Insights

iStock 000001697512MediumOur team of urologists recently returned from the 2017 American Urological Association conference in Boston. As part of the event, Dr. Badrinath Konety, Director of the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, discussed the most influential renal and bladder cancer papers published in the in Journal of Urology in 2016. Here are some of the interesting developments and findings described in these papers. 

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What's a Cystoscopy?

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Got blood in your urine? Pain when you pee? These symptoms and others such as repeated urinary infections or problems passing urine may be reason for your doctor to refer you to a urologist and for a subsequent cystoscopy.

Roughly 11,000 Calgarians per year will undergo a cystoscopy. Broken down, the word “cystoscopy” means bladder (cysto) examination (scopy). In practice, a cystoscopy is a procedure where a urologist looks into the bladder and urethra with a small telescope to diagnose urological conditions or to treat scar tissue in the urethra, bladder tumours, inflammation, or enlarged prostate. A typical cystoscopy procedure takes only one minute to complete.

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