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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

The boys of summer will turn their focus to men this month when the Potomac Nationals, a minor league baseball team based in Woodbridge, help Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center kick off “Septembeard” and a focus on men’s health.

“Septembeard” is an annual observance during which men around the country grow out their whiskers to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men.

But getting the man in your life to the doctor can sometimes be tricky. “The medical issues that we deal with often aren’t part of normal conversation,” says Dr. Pratik Desai, explaining some of the challenges.

Dr. Desai is a board-certified urologist and fellow of the American College of Surgeons with Potomac Urology Center. As a member of the Sentara Cancer Network, Dr. Desai specializes in urological cancer care, and according to him, the issues they treat are widespread: “It’s stuff that men don’t either feel comfortable talking about or don’t have the forum in which they can discuss, such as urination, sexual function or genital pain.”

In fact, Sentara’s Potomac Urology Center is pioneering two new procedures, “Urolift” and “Rezum,” both of which are used in the treatment of an enlarged prostate.

Talking to your doctor is key, and men shouldn’t hope a problem will just go away. “The stuff they should come see us about is any sort of discomfort or pain, any incontinence or any issue with their urination that will affect their quality of life, whether they can’t sleep at night or they can’t sit through a meeting or a movie,” said Dr. Desai. “Any of these things should be investigated.”

Sentara comes to Potomac Nationals Park on Saturday, August 26.

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