The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in males located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate cancer occurs when the cells in the prostate show a highly abnormal growth pattern. Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, which develop from the gland cells that make the prostate fluid that is added to the semen.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. Prostate cancer is mostly diagnosed in men over age 65 and becomes increasingly common with advancing age. It also is more common in African-American men than in Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian-American men.
Fortunately, most prostate cancers are slow growing, easily diagnosed and highly treatable.
While there’s no proven strategy to prevent prostate cancer, there are some ways you may help lower your risk. Start by understanding the prostate cancer risk factors that may affect you, and some simple ways you can promote your good health. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, including a father or brother with the disease, we also offer complementary genetic cancer counseling to address concerns.
Because prostate cancer often develops slowly, many men do not notice any symptoms in the early stages, when it’s easiest to treat. If you’re over 50, CHI Saint Joseph Health recommends annual prostate cancer screenings to help you stay on top of your health. Our urologists perform these quick and routine tests right in the office. If we find anything abnormal, we’ll also arrange follow-up tests, including the latest in ultrasound-guided biopsy.
If you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, rest assured you’re in highly skilled and caring hands. Our multi-skilled team will work closely with you to create a cancer treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences. We offer the most advanced technology available, like the Versa HD accelerator, which delivers high-dose, highly-precise radiation to kill cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue, as well as the da Vinci robotic prostatectomy for less pain and faster recovery. All treatments are designed to help protect the delicate nerves that control urinary and sexual function.
Throughout your journey, you’ll find a variety of cancer support services to meet your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial needs. That includes ongoing Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Groups, as well as a supportive cancer team to help coordinate your care, connect you to valuable resources and answer any questions.