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Do Kidney Stones Increase the Risk of Kidney Cancer?

December 2, 2021

The kidneys, located in the mid-upper abdomen (around the back) are our bodies’ main filtration system, eliminating excess waste products, salt and water. Beyond this filtration, the kidneys also play a role in blood pressure and red blood cell regulation. The kidneys create urine, which is pass through the ureters, to the bladder and then eventually out of the body. As such, the kidneys are an incredibly important part of our overall function. Kidney diseases that require the removal of a kidney are not a death sentence, however. Our bodies can function normally on one kidney and even those who do not have working kidneys can survive with an external filtration process, known as dialysis.

Woman holds side and back in pain from a kidney stone wondering if her risk of kidney cancer is increased

Although kidney cancer is one of the top 10 most common cancers in the United States, the number of new cases diagnosed each year (about 65,000) is less than 1/3 the number of breast cancer, prostate cancer, or lung cancer diagnoses. Much like other cancers, early detection is critical for treatment and survivability. However, even advanced forms of kidney cancer are being treated more effectively than ever before.

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How Exercise and Vitamin D Can Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

November 11, 2021

Man gets active outside to decrease his prostate cancer risk with fitness and vitamin D as recommended by Urologic Surgeons of Washington

Exercise is one of the most important predictors of long-term health. Without exercise, i.e. living a sedentary lifestyle, we increase our risk for a number of problems not least of which is are certain forms of cancer. Beyond the tangible improvements in health that we see from exercise, regular cardio and strength training can even improve some mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and mood problems.

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Choosing Between In-Office Procedures and Surgery for BPH

October 21, 2021

Benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It is extremely common with about 50% of men over 50, and 80% of men over 80, suffering from its symptoms. While BPH is very common, there is a lot of confusing information that can delay patients from receiving the most effective treatment. Many men live with the lower urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH for years before they pursue a treatment option. Many are then bombarded by advertisements telling them that herbs may shrink the prostate. Having read this website you know that these claims are questionable.

Man recovers comfortably after in office Transurethral Needle Ablation procedure at Urologic Surgeons of Washington with Dr. Jason Engel

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Dr. Engel Completes His First Half IronMan Triathlon

October 14, 2021

DC Urologist Dr. Jason Engel completes an Iron Man race with his son Josh 2021

I am thrilled to announce that I have completed my first Half IronMan Triathlon. It has always been a dream of mine to train and compete in such a high-level athletic pursuit. It was even more exciting and enjoyable to have done it with my son. And, while I am proud of my achievement, it also represents advice that I would like to give all my urologic patience.

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Can Coffee Lower Prostate Cancer Risk?

October 7, 2021

Coffee has historically had an up and down relationship in researchers’ eyes. What was once considered incredibly healthy, was later vilified as carcinogenic. Today, many studies have shown that coffee confers more antioxidant benefits than it does risks in the average person when consumed in moderation.

Coffee drinking might help decrease prostate cancer risk according to Urologic Surgeons of Washington

But what did recent studies say about coffee as it relates to prostate cancer risk?

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5 Healthy Habits for Your Urinary System

September 9, 2021

Your urinary system acts as the janitorial crew for your blood. After your body has taken the nutrients that it needs from what you consume and converts it into energy, your kidneys filter out the rest as waste and send it through the urinary system to be expelled as urine.

Male in white button down shirt holds a plastic bottle of water out in front of him

Without your urinary system your body would become saturated with waste and toxins that can cause fatal results if left untreated. Luckily, there are things you can incorporate into your daily life to keep your urinary system happy!

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When Is It Back Pain Vs Kidney Pain?

August 19, 2021

The kidneys are an amazing filtration system and play a crucial role in our overall health. Similarly, keeping ourselves healthy also ensures that our kidneys work properly. When the kidneys do not work as they should, they can cause pain and discomfort. However, diagnosing kidney pain is not something that can be done simply by assessing the location of the pain. There are other organs and structures that can trigger pain receptors in that area.

Man holds lower back in pain wondering if it is kidney pain or back pain. Urologic Surgeons of Washington logo at top left.

Before we get a little deeper into kidney pain, we must discuss exactly where the kidneys are located. Many people are surprised to know how high up they are. If you drop your arms to your side, your kidneys are somewhere at the level of your elbows, or slightly higher. This may help you understand that many cases of back pain simply do not originate in the kidneys.

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Prostate Cancer – No Big Deal or Deadly?

August 5, 2021

As a leader in the evolution of diagnosis and classification of prostate cancer over the past few decades, Dr. Engel has seen and participated in changes regarding how we view prostate cancer and how it is ultimately treated. Elsewhere on this website and in his webinars, Dr. Engel has discussed PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen and how it revolutionized the diagnosis of prostate cancer…however, early on it was poorly understood, used improperly and ultimately led to over-treatment in many men.

Urologist in white coat holds blue ribbon for prostate cancer awareness at Urologic Surgeons of Washington in DC.

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3 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

July 15, 2021

Prostate cancer can become a trigger for panic when we hear that 13 out of every 100 men in the United States will have it at some point in their lives. Although you cannot change your age or genetics, which certainly factor when calculating your risk of prostate cancer, you can take active, preventative measures to decrease your chances.

Medical illustration of Prostate Cancer shows why men should take steps to reduce their prostate cancer risk. Urologic Surgeons of Washington logo at bottom right.

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Urine Color, Your Health & When to Call a Doctor

July 1, 2021

It might come as a shock, but the color of your urine can say a lot about you and your overall health. Although the tint of your urine varies depending on how hydrated you are, it can also indicate a UTI, liver or kidney disorders, tumors and more. Do not fret – discolored pee can also (and more likely) be caused by new medications, dehydration, dyes, vitamins, and certain foods.

Brightly colored urine sample in specimen cup sits on counter in focus as urologist in white coat makes notes on clipboard in background. Urologic Surgeons of Washington logo at top left.

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