Prostate Cancer Screening

This information is useful for adults
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, ureters, testis and penis.
  • We have the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Connecticut.
  • Our team provides a complete range of treatments including medical and surgical approaches not found elsewhere in Connecticut.

It's important to know that not all men who get prostate cancer will develop an aggressive form of the disease. Advances in detection and treatment have increased the cure rate to 93 percent for patients who catch the disease in its earliest stages.

“The diagnosis of prostrate cancer can be scary," says Peter Schulam, MD, a Yale Medicine urologist and chair of the Urology Department. "The issues are so sensitive and private, it becomes a bit challenging at times," he says. 

At Yale Medicine, we know prostate cancer can be treated and potentially cured if it’s diagnosed early enough, which is why being screened regularly is essential for men. We use the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology available in the world to screen our patients for early signs of prostate cancer.

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder. The prostate makes semen and helps push sperm through the urethra when a man ejaculates.

When malignant cells start to grow in the prostate, it is cancer.

Prostate cancer tends to be slow-growing and rarely causes symptoms, so in many cases may go undetected without screening. Some forms of prostate cancer, however, can be more aggressive and spread quickly.

About 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States this year. Early detection plays a critical role in treatment and recovery.

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