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Prostate Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic

The Prostate Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic is for patients at high risk for developing prostate cancer. Patients are determined to be at high risk based on family history, African-American ethnicity, an elevated level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), or a previous prostate biopsy that showed abnormalities, such as atypia or prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN).

When several members of a family have cancer, particularly at a young age, suspicions are raised about the possibility of inherited cancer-causing genes. This is called having a "genetic predisposition" for cancer.

In some families, genetic testing may identify altered cancer predisposition genes that are passed from parent to child. Genetic information may help some people learn if they have an increased likelihood of developing certain cancers or if inherited factors contribute to their own cancer. People at an increased risk for cancer may take steps to reduce their risk through regular screening and prevention strategies.

Our clinic is an extension of the UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at Mount Zion.

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Our Services

The clinic's services include:

  • Cancer risk assessment based on your personal and family history
  • Genetic counseling and cancer risk education for you and your family
  • Screening exam and tests, as appropriate
  • Development of a personalized prevention plan, in collaboration with your referring doctor
  • Strategies to reduce your cancer risk, including lifestyle changes and diet
  • Opportunity to participate in clinical trials or research on new treatments

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Certain criteria may indicate a higher risk for prostate cancer. For example, African-American men in general have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than Caucasian men. Other criteria include:

  • Two or more family members have prostate cancer, especially among your immediate family such as a father, son or brother
  • Prostate cancer occurs in your family at age 60 or younger
  • Prostate cancer occurs in your family as well as breast cancer or ovarian cancer
  • Individuals in your family have more than one primary cancer diagnosis
  • Individuals in your family have rare or uncommon cancers, such as breast cancer in a male
  • Members of your family have known hereditary cancer syndromes
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You'll need a referral from your primary care provider or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Prostate Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic
1600 Divisadero St, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7171
Fax: (415) 353-7093

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

    • Recent radiology reports and scans, including X-rays, magnetic resonance images (MRIs) and ultrasound films or CDs that relate to your condition, as well as written reports that accompany those films.
    • Pathology reports of any biopsies or tests. Please bring glass pathology slides from the lab or office where the test was performed.
    • Copies of all records relevant to your condition, including your last laboratory report and the most recent report or dictation from the doctor who referred you to UCSF. This may include records from your primary care physician, oncologist or surgeon.
    • Copies of your insurance cards.
    • A list of all your doctors, including their mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers.

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart


Parking at Mount Zion

Public parking is available in two parking garages near our Mount Zion campus. One is a UCSF garage at 2420 Sutter St.and the other is a public garage at 1635 Divisadero St. Entrances to both garages are on Sutter Street, between Divisadero and Broderick streets.

The 2420 Sutter St. garage is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and UCSF holidays. The rate is $6 an hour with a $30 daily maximum. Those with a valid disabled placard may have their parking fee waived by obtaining a parking voucher from their clinic or the lobby information desk at 1600 Divisadero Street. Present the voucher, your disabled parking placard and your garage receipt to the cashier.

For more information about parking in the 2420 Sutter St. garage, call (415) 514-8935.

The public parking lot at 1635 Divisadero St. garage is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and major holidays. The rate is $2 each 20 minutes with a $28 daily maximum. UCSF parking vouchers are not valid at the 1635 Divisadero St. garage.

For more information about the public parking lot in the 1635 Divisadero St. garage, call (415) 441-5408 or visit

Other public parking garages are available nearby.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Public Transportation

Mount Zion

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • No. 2*
  • No. 38*
  • No. 24

The No. 1 California bus route stops at the corner of California and Divisadero streets, which is three blocks north of Mount Zion.

For more information about Muni, visit

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations.

For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.

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Clinic Team

Peter R Carroll
Dr. Peter R. Carroll,
urologic cancer surgeon
Matthew Cooperberg
Dr. Matthew Cooperberg,
genitourinary cancer specialist
Lawrence Fong
Dr. Lawrence Fong,
genitourinary cancer specialist
Alexander Gottschalk
Dr. Alexander Gottschalk,
radiation cancer specialist
Kirsten Greene
Dr. Kirsten Greene,
urologic cancer surgeon
Won Kim
Dr. Won Kim,
medical oncologist
Amy Lin
Dr. Amy Lin,
genitourinary cancer specialist
Maxwell Meng
Dr. Maxwell Meng,
urologic cancer surgeon
Mack Roach
Dr. Mack Roach,
radiation cancer specialist
Charles Ryan
Dr. Charles Ryan,
genitourinary cancer specialist
Katsuto Shinohara
Dr. Katsuto Shinohara,
urologic cancer surgeon
Eric Small
Dr. Eric Small,
genitourinary cancer specialist

Patient Experiences

Cancer Center Orientation