The prostate is a gland found only in males. It makes some of the fluid that is part of semen. Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control. Each year, 288,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Men can be screened for prostate cancer using a blood test called a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test. When prostate cancer is detected early, there is a 98% chance of long-term survival and only a 25% likelihood of survival when found later.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Screening is important because most early prostate cancers do not have any symptoms. Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Frequent urination
- Weak or interrupted urine flow or the need to strain to empty the bladder
- The urge to urinate frequently at night
- Blood in the urine
- New onset of erectile dysfunction
- Pain or burning during urination, which is much less common
- Discomfort or pain when sitting, caused by an enlarged prostate
See your doctor if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.
Sylvester Prostate Cancer Screening Program
At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, we offer advanced expertise and sophisticated testing to find prostate cancer at the earliest stages. We’re one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in the state of Florida and one of just 72 across the country. It’s comforting to know you’re working with a highly experienced team.
These are just a few reasons why patients depend on our expertise:
World-renowned cancer experts. If cancer is found, you work with prostate cancer specialists who provide an accurate diagnosis and the most targeted treatments – including highly skilled minimally invasive surgeons. We offer leading-edge approaches you won't find anywhere else nearby.
Advanced diagnostic capabilities. We use sophisticated imaging equipment to find cancer at the earliest stages. We’re able to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings that are often misdiagnosed. Our team specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches and performs a high volume of procedures.
Experienced endoscopic surgeons. Our surgeons have advanced experience in endoscopic procedures performed through the rectum, providing a less invasive approach to traditional surgery. These approaches offer less pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery.