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Major US insurer to cover use of HIFU for treatment of radiorecurrent prostate cancer

According to a media release issued on March 18 by EDAP TMS, the US healthcare insurance firm CIGNA has agreed to cover the use of high-intensity focal ultrasound (HIFU) as a second-line, salvage therapy for men with radiorecurrent prostate cancer.

Specifically, to quote the media release from EDAP TMS:

Prostate Cancer 101: What All Senior Men Should Know

Prostate cancer is the third most common type of cancer. It affects over 3 million men in the United States – most of them seniors. Over 90% of all cases are diagnosed in men over the age of 55. If you’re an aging man, prostate cancer is something you should be on the lookout for.

How to Know if You Have Prostate Cancer
The best way to find out if you have prostate cancer is to talk to your doctor about being screened for the disease. Most doctors recommend starting to get screened for prostate cancer somewhere in your 40’s, so if you’ve made it to your senior years without being screened at all, talk to your doctor about starting now.

While there are many cases where prostate cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms for years after a tumor begins to grow, there are some symptoms that can point to a higher likelihood that you have the disease. If you have any of the following, talk to a doctor sooner rather than later about your concerns:

• Bloody urine
• Difficulty getting an erection
• Frequent urination
• Less ejaculate than formerly
• Painful ejaculation
• Painful urination
• Trouble holding it when you need to urinate

These symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer, but they do make it more important that you look into the possibility with your doctor to be safe.