Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Facts

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men. One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in their lives. Prostate cancer is an uncontrolled malignant growth of cells in the prostate gland. This gland helps control urination and makes the prostate fluid that is added to the semen.


The key to treating prostate cancer is to catch it in its earliest stages. An enlarged prostate gland that causes trouble when urinating could be an early symptom of prostate cancer. Men between the ages of 40 and 75 should have their prostate gland examined, especially if there is a history of prostate cancer in their family.


Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers a team approach to diagnosis the early symptoms of prostate cancer, including:

  • Rectal exams
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test
  • Gleason Grading System
  • 3 Tesla MRI Machine


Saint Francis provides the latest in surgery and new prostate cancer treatments, including: