Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate screening at St. Vincent’s Medical Center can save your life.

Starting at age 50, men should talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them. If they are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, men should have this talk with a doctor starting at age 45.

The prostate gland is a small, walnut-shaped organ responsible for producing seminal fluid used to transport sperm. When you get tested for prostate cancer, your doctor performs a digital rectal exam to see if there are any changes in your prostate since your last exam. Since symptoms of prostate cancer may not appear until the cancer has advanced, it is important for men to be screened so if cancer is detected in the early stages, it can be treated.

PSA Blood Test

Your doctor will also perform a blood test to see if your prostate specific antigen (PSA) is elevated, which can be a sign of prostate cancer. If your doctor feels that you may have prostate cancer, he/she may refer you to a urologist, who may perform a biopsy to determine if there is cancer inside your prostate gland.

Swim Prostate Cancer Institute

The SWIM Prostate Cancer Institute (PCI), sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, educates men about the importance of prostate screening in detecting prostate cancer at the earliest and most treatable stage. The Prostate Cancer Support Group provides men with both education and support on a monthly basis. Topics include symptom management, nutrition, updates in treatments and the Buddy Network.

Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care