Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer type in men after skin cancer. It holds the 2nd place among cancer-related mortalities. PSA (prostate specific antigen) test enables early diagnosis of prostate cancer. Since the beginning of the application of PSA test, prostate cancer mortality rates has shown a drop. Intensive investigations on diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer are still carried out.
Ali Rıza Kural, M.D. was born in the Bafra district of Samsun Province in 1951. After completing his primary, secondary, and high school education in Samsun, earned the right to enroll in Medical School of Istanbul University in 1968. He graduated from the medical school and started the specialization training in Urology Department of Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in Istanbul University in 1974. Following the completion of his dissertation titled as “The place of lympangiography in Urology”, he began his military service in Erzincan Military Hospital. Then he worked nearly 1 year in “Western General Hospital” in Edinburgh (Scotland) and earned the degree of Associate Professor in the same year. During the course of his training in Scotland, he followed training seminars on endoscopic prostate surgery, endoscopic urinary tract stone surgery (percutaneous nephrolithotomy, ureteroscopy) delivered by “Institute of Urology” in London. By 1986, he began to perform the first closed kidney stone surgeries in Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University. In the same period, he started to employ a method of closed surgery called as “TURP” on benign prostatic hyperlasia cases.
Since then, he performed more than 4000 TURP operations along with similar number of nephrolithotomy and ureteroscopy procedures successfully.