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U.S. News gold seal in urologyProstate cancer forms in tissues of the prostate and is one of the most commonly found cancers in older men. According to the American Cancer Society, only skin cancer is more prevalent in American men.

Prostate cancer is most successfully treated when found early. Patients with early prostate cancer may not notice obvious symptoms, which is why regular prostate exams by your physician are essential. Do not let fear and anxiety keep you from having the tests you need.

Follow-up visits with your physician are extremely important if you have had an unusual DRE (digital rectal examination), or if your PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level is high. Your physician may order additional tests or suggest repeating the PSA tests.

Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital have both been named high performers in the specialty of Urology in the U.S. News & World Report annual list of hospital rankings.