Digital Rectum Exam
So your doctor has suggested you need a
DRE to see if you have a healthy prostate?
Although somewhat uncomfortable the DRE is a relatively simple
test to screen for prostate cancer. Literally millions of me
worldwide have this test each year.
The goal of the DRE test is to detect if you have prostate
cancer in its early stages, when treatment is most
The digital rectal exam is typically done during a standard
physical exam for men.
Why have a DRE? Watch My
- Because your prostate is an internal organ, your doctor cannot
look at it directly.
- But he or she can feel it by inserting a gloved, lubricated
finger into your rectum.
- It is safer than a prostate biopsy
Who Should Get a Digital Rectal Exam?
To help detect prostate cancer in its early stages, the American
Cancer Society advises offering annual screening starting at age 50
to men who have at least a 10 year life expectancy.
They encourage men who are at high risk, such as:
- African-American men
- Men with a family history of prostate cancer, such as several
relatives with a history of prostate cancer at an early
To begin testing each year as soon as you reach 40 years of
The American Urological Association agrees that annual screening
should begin at age 50 but also encourages men in these two high
risk groups to begin screening at age 40 as opposed to
What Happens DURING a DRE Digital Rectal
- Your doctor will ask you to lay on your side with your knees
pulled up towards your chest.
- He or she will then insert a gloved finger into your rectum and
feel the prostate for hard, lumpy, or abnormal areas.
- You may feel some discomfort during the test. But it generally
only takes a few minutes to complete.
- If you are nervous, make a point of telling your
What Happens AFTER the Digital Rectal Exam?
- Your doctor will tell you immediately if he or she finds
- If they detect a suspicious lump or area during the exam, they
will most likely suggest that you have a PSA test to see if
your PSA levels are elevated. They might also suggest
- An ultrasound-guided biopsy as the next step.
Although some men find the DRE Test to be uncomfortable and
embarrassing it is NOTHING compared to the possible
alternatives you may face if you ignore your doctors advice.
Get the Test Done.
- Do it for your family.
- Do it for yourself.
- Do it for the people that love you
- Do it for the people that YOU love
It could just save your life!
Chris Bloor invites you to discover essential prostate facts
vital to your health at http://www.ProstateSecretsReport.com where you can watch
a free video of his own shocking prostate story