Prostate Cancer


SF CAN aims to combat prostate cancer disparities through targeted early detection and follow-up of aggressive disease, and institutional partnerships that ensure high-quality treatment citywide. 

Contact Information

Phone: (415) 514-9417

Get Involved

  • Prostate Cancer Action Network Meetings 
    First Fridays of every month, 1-2:30pm
    St. Paul of the Shipwreck: Francis Center (3350 Jennings Street, SF CA 94124)
  • Support Groups
    Call for listing of current support groups (415) 514-9417)
  • Events
    Check back for upcoming events

More About Prostate Cancer

Early detection of life-threatening prostate cancer is possible and can reduce mortality in high-risk men. But the primary test for prostate cancer, the PSA blood test, has been controversial and there are currently no guidelines to inform systematic testing. The debate is due to the fact that all prostate cancers are not the same. Yet the PSA test cannot differentiate between “low-risk” disease that does not threaten life, and “high-risk” disease that is aggressive, will spread, and can be fatal. Because the majority of prostate cancers are low-risk, past large-scale PSA testing in the general population led to extensive over-treatment of low-risk disease, often with debilitating side effects.

SF CAN will use the latest evidence to greatly reduce any harms of screening by focusing on high-risk men, by appropriate monitoring and follow-up of low-risk disease, and by ensuring that treatment, when required, is of the highest quality, thus avoiding over- and under-treatment. Education prior to screening, navigation to advanced diagnostic and treatment services, and survivorship programs will also be employed to reduce disparities.





Task Force Recommendations



Goal: Increase rates of early detection of aggressive prostate cancer in high risk men

Method: With guidance from African American community leaders, provide education and screening in the community by means, and in locations, most accessible and acceptable to high-risk men. Develop follow-up protocols to navigate men with abnormal tests into and through their respective health care systems.



Goal: For all men, reduce under-treatment of high-risk disease and unnecessary treatment of low-risk disease.

Method: Convene a “quality collaborative” that brings together medical teams throughout San Francisco to collaborate in the development of best practices – targeted screening and treatments tailored to each patient’s disease. Encourage active surveillance for low-risk men, a less-invasive approach that avoids overtreatment while tracking any changes that warrant additional treatment, and ensure appropriate and timely treatment for men with high-risk prostate cancer.



Our Partners

  • Alameda County Public Health Department Office of Urban Male Health
  • Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church
  • Jones Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Marin City Health & Wellness at the Arther H. Coleman Medical Center
  • Missionary Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Metropolitan Baptist Church
  • Neighborhood Baptist Church
  • Providence Baptist Church
  • Rafiki Coalition for Health & Wellness
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church
  • St. James Missionary Baptist Church
  • St. John Missionary Baptist Church
  • St. Paul of the Shipwreck
  • St. Philip Missionary Baptist Church
  • Tabernacle Community Development Corporation
  • Third Baptist Church
  • Trap Medicine
  • True Hope Church of God in Christ
  • UCSF 
  • UCSF Abundant Life Health Ministries
  • ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center