The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It helps make semen and is located near the tube which carries urine out of the body. When cancer of the prostate is caught early, it is easy to treat. A simple prostate screening test can be your first defense against prostate cancer.
If you feel any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor to be evaluated for prostate cancer.
The early symptoms of prostate cancer include:
Even without any signs or symptoms, the American Cancer Society and the American Urological Society recommend that men get annual screenings for prostate cancer. Screenings should begin at:
Prostate screening involves a blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). Depending on the results of the tests, your doctor may order a biopsy. While most biopsies are benign, if the mass is cancerous and is caught early, the success rate is much higher.
To schedule your prostate screening, contact St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center.