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Free Prostate Screening


Enlarged prostate, prostatitis, prostate cancer – they’re conditions every man should know about. Unfortunately, when it comes to the care of one of the most important glands of the male reproductive system, most men know very little.

Dr. Roc McCarthy“Historically, the prostate and prostate health have been less of a priority in men’s healthcare discussions,” said Dr. Roc McCarthy, a urologist with Urology Comprehensive Services - NHRMC Physician Group. “But that’s rapidly changing – today, with increased awareness, education and screening, more and more men are realizing that maintaining good prostate health is key in maintaining good overall health.”


Men diagnosed with prostate cancer – which affects one in every six men in America – have a range of treatment options including everything from “watchful waiting” and medication to radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.
For men whose prostate cancer warrants surgical intervention, New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci S™ surgical system, a robotic surgical system allowing surgeons greater visibility and precision.

“Because of da Vinci’s advanced vision system and 360-degree rotating instruments, the removal of malignant tissue is more precise and more efficient than ever, all of which works in the patient’s favor,” said Dr. McCarthy. “As well, because minimally invasive robotic surgery relies on five small incisions instead of one large one, there’s generally less bleeding and a faster recovery.”


Robotic Surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center

How It Works

Dubbed “Leo” by NHRMC physicians and staff, the da Vinci robotic surgical system, named for first-robot-inventor Leonardo da Vinci, is used for a variety of surgical proce-dures, including prostatectomy, or the remov-al of the prostate gland because of abnormali-ties, including cancer.

The da Vinci robotic surgical system consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a three-dimensional vision system and various micro-surgical instruments. The surgeon operates while seated comfortably at the da Vinci con-sole viewing a three-dimensional image of the operation. The surgeon’s hand, wrist, and finger movements are translated into precise, real- time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient, resulting in better patient recovery and outcome.

For more information on robotic surgery, please visit For a robotics specialist referral, or to see if you may be a robotic surgery candidate, please call VitaLine at 815.5188.

DaVinci Robotic Surgical System


Saturday, September 18

What: Free prostate screening, including PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and digital rectal exam for men aged 40 to 80 who have never received a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

When: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 18

Where: 505 East Satchwell Street, Burgaw (across from Pender Memorial Hospital’s main entrance)To make an appointment, please call VitaLine at 815.5188.


Located beneath the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate is a walnut-sized gland that forms part of the male reproductive system. The prostate is responsible for producing seminal fluid to nourish and transport sperm. In most men the prostate increases in size after age 40 due to hormonal changes, which can sometimes result in a variety of bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems or diseases.

“As men advance in age, they sometimes be-gin to experience symptoms that can point to prostate distress, including frequent urination or the feeling of always having to go,’” said Dr. McCarthy. “These symptoms can be indicative of a variety of conditions, including enlarged prostate, inflammation of the prostate, or even prostate cancer.”

Treatments and therapies for various prostate ailments are many, both surgical and non-surgical.

For enlarged prostate, which can interrupt urine flow, prostate-shrinking medication is often the first course of treatment. If medications are not effective, surgery using a laser or electrical current to remove excess prostate tissue becomes an option.

For prostatitis, a condition resulting from urine “leaking” into the prostate, antibiotics are frequently used. Symptoms of prostatitis include an urgent need to urinate, pain or burning sen-sation when urinating, and pain or discomfort in the area.


Regular physical exams and, starting at age 40, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, said Dr. McCarthy, are essential in preventing prostate disease and promoting good prostate health.

"Know the signs and symptoms of prostate dis-ease and be sure to get regular physical exams and screenings,” said Dr. McCarthy. “Being pro-active is the best way to reduce your chances of prostate disease and enjoy a long, productive life.”

For more information on the treatment of prostate conditions, or for a physician refer-ral, please call VitaLine at 815.5188.



Did You Know?

September is prostate awareness month. It is estimated that more than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that negatively affect their
quality of life.

Regular physical exams and PSA (prostate specificantigen) screenings, however, can dramatically decrease your risk for prostate-related disease.  Don't miss the opportunity for a free prostate screen as described above in the blue box. Call VitaLine at 815.5188 to schedule an appointment.

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