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Dr. James Dukelow
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


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How can I ease my anxiety about a female doctor doing a prostate exam?

How can I ease my anxiety about a female doctor doing a prostate exam?

Reflection: Many people have anxiety about medical doctors for various reasons. It is important to talk about these anxieties with your doctor and consider different ways to help you challenge your anxiety. Avoiding situations that make people anxious will only worsen the anxiety/phobia with time. ...Read more

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What does the doctor do at 18 for a prostate exam?

What does the doctor do at 18 for a prostate exam?

Prostate exam: We do not typically do prostate examinations on an 18 year old. Typically we check this at age 40 for hispanic and african americans, and at 50 for caucasians and asians, mainly due to the increased risk at these age groups for prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

Depends: First, you should have no reservations about a female doing your exam. If you are just too timid or bashful for a female to do your exam, see how she feels about it. A frank and open discussion should be had. If a male professional is available, perhaps this is not an issue to ask for. Otherwise, you need to plan ahead to find a place where only males provide this care. Ask and be open. ...Read more

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I hear doctors have to stick their fingers up the butt hole to perform the prostate exam. That is scary to think about. Do they go all the way up butt?

Prostate exam: The prostate is approximately 2-4 inches from the anus. This is why it can be examined during a digital rectal exam. ...Read more

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Does a prostate exam hurt? I’m in my 40s, so I think my doctor might want to do a prostate exam at my next checkup. I’m afraid it’s going to hurt. Is there any way I can make it hurt less?

No: Having had many, I would have to say they are not comfortable, but they don't really hurt, unless the prostate is infected. I can't think of any way to make it "hurt less" but I think if you have one you'll be surprised that it isn't that bad. ...Read more

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I am nervous about getting my prostate exam. How long do doctors have to fiddle around inside my butt? Will I be put to sleep or awake?

I am nervous about getting my prostate exam. How long do doctors have to fiddle around inside my butt? Will I be put to sleep or awake?

No worries: If you can let a dentist fiddle around in your mouth to do a dental cleaning, you can let a proctologist fiddle around inside your butt to check out your prostate. They are merely two ends of the same gastrointestinal tract. Don't bite a dentist when he's cleaning your teeth, and don't squeeze your butt when a proctologist is sizing your prostate. Let him take the time he needs to do his job well. ...Read more

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What is average age for prostate exam? Just had physical with new doctor. She said 50 years old. I'm 43, my old doctor was doing them even in my 30s

What is average age for prostate exam? Just had physical with new doctor. She said 50 years old. I'm 43, my old doctor was doing them even in my 30s

Prostate Exam: That is bizarre and unusual and inappropriate. A male under 50 does not need a prostate exam without a specific medical reason for such an exam. Your new doctor is right. ...Read more

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My primary doctor is not a urologist. Will he be the one to do my prostate exam?

My primary doctor is not a urologist. Will he be the one to do my prostate exam?

Prostate exam: Your primary doc can do one or he/she can refer you to a urologist, especially if you have other symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?

During a prostate exam, if I get a hard erection and need to ejaculate, will the doctor help in this process?

Erection unlikely: Patients seldom get erections during digital rectal examination of prostate. Erection will subside on its own, should it occur. That is all the "help"you need ...Read more

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Got a prostate exam by primary doc (for frequent urination), he asked while doing it if it hurt, I did have a dull pain, he said he doesn't think I have prostate issue. How accurate is his analysis?

Got a prostate exam by primary doc (for frequent urination), he asked while doing it if it hurt, I did have a dull pain, he said he doesn't think I have prostate issue. How accurate is his analysis?

Rectal exams: Massage of the prostate by a finger in the anus is never comfortable and often creates significant discomfort. This may be interpreted as pain by the person being examined, but may not necessarily represent disease. The experienced examiner can usually tell what is meaningful and what is a normal reaction to the insult. Without knowing your pcp I cannot really comment on how accurate they are. ...Read more

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Just turned 50. My primary care doc did lots of blood work, a prostate exam, & sent me for a colonoscopy. Shouldn't I have a dermatologist check me?

Just turned 50. My primary care doc did lots of blood work, a prostate exam, & sent me for a colonoscopy. Shouldn't I have a dermatologist check me?

Confusing question: Your primary physician is trained to make an initial assessment of your skin and I suppose he/she also did a general physical exam. Just ordering blood and doing a prostate exam is not any sort of routine office visit. The general exam looks for skin issues, although it may not have been discussed. You are always free to consult a dermatologist if you have a specific concern. ...Read more

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Can my girlfriend do my prostate exam?

Can my girlfriend do my prostate exam?

No, and. ..: It is nice to know you are ahead of the game concerning prostate health. If you have some issues about urination, seek evaluation for right care. At 18, the odd to have significant prostate issue almost next to none. To help you know more on men;s voiding and life reality, go to articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onBPH-LUTS-VoidingTrouble. Html, & http://formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. ...Read more

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Would appreciate some expert advice for a prostate exam?

Some are...: - start annual dre (digital rectal exam) at 50 for average-risk men and at 45 for the high-risk - those with fh of prostate cancer, blacks, ; agent orange exposure; its interval may adjust later.
- judicious psa test after counseling its pros ; cons.
- a professionally friendly finger can make dre reasonably comfortable.
- judicious use of prostate ultrasound ; biopsy.

More? Ask doc for detail. ...Read more

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The idea of geting a prostate exam is making me have nausea. How do I get over this?

Why do you need one?: A young man rarely needs a prostate exam, it is mostly done in 50+ year olds. You can ask your doctor if you can avoid having one as there may be some alternatives that he can give you. Otherwise, just relax and let the doctor check you, provided he gives you good reasons as to the benefits from this exam in your case. ...Read more

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I'm a 30 yr old male that had my first prostate exam I was told I had a grossly enlarged prostate had psa tst and all normal. I have a swollen left tes?

I'm a 30 yr old male that had my first prostate exam I was told I had a grossly enlarged prostate had psa tst and all normal. I have a swollen left tes?

BPH: It could be benign prostatic hypertrophy (bph). Adenomatous growth usaually begins at the age of 30 years. By the age of 50 years 50% of the men will have bph. But it is better idea to rule out other causes especially in the setting of swollen testis. It is better to consult a urologist. ...Read more

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What is a digital prostate exam?

DRE: This is a fingertip exam of the prostate with a gloved finger by a physician. ...Read more

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What age to get a prostate exam?

Here are some...: For high-risk men, i. e., having family Hx of prostate cancer, blacks, & Agent Orange exposure, start prostate exam at 45-50; for average risk men, start prostate exam at age 50-55. Over the past 5-10 years, significant shift in age recommendation for prostate exam has taken place resulting from more professional scrutiny. To http://www. Formefirst. Com/NewAUAPSA. Html for more detail. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be afraid of a prostate exam?

Is it normal to be afraid of a prostate exam?

Yes: Most men are a little anxious about having a prostate exam. It consists of the physician placing the index finger into the rectum to feel the prostate to assess for size, consistency, and nodules. This digital examination and a blood test called psa are screening tests employed to help detect prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I may have to get a prostate exam?

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Here are...: I realize the digital rectal exam (DRE) is the most dreadful part of prostate exam. To ease the tension from DRE, do these: anticipate some discomfort but not bad; keep both hip joints in at least 90-degree flexion in either standing or lateral position; open mouth, take deep breath, and relax the anus. These together will make DRE a more acceptable experience than ever. Best wish... ...Read more

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How old should u be when u get a prostate exam?

Prostate Exams: First, this vital examination should be done if you have concerns, or symptoms of problems regardless of age.

But, without symptoms, there is very little need to do a prostate exam until after forty.

A prostate exam is a small part of predicting if you have any unwanted growth or other abnormality requiring more investigation.

Do not be afraid to ask your health care provider when to examine. ...Read more

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Is it important for all men to have a prostate exam?

Prostate exam: It is important for all men to have a prostate exam, for men after 50 years of age. Exceptions are african-americans and men with family history of prostate cancer who should start at age 40, including a baseline psa. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: prostate exam?

What is the definition or description of: prostate exam?

Prostate Exam: A digital rectal exam where a doctor will insert a finger into the patient's rectum in order to feel the size, shape and properties of the patient's prostate. Helps evaluate for BPH and prostate cancer. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I had an erection during prostate exam?

What do you suggest if I had an erection during prostate exam?

Means nothing: It's actually fairly common and says nothing at all about what kind of a man you are. Relax and be thankful for good health. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to get an erection during a prostate exam?

Could it be healthy to get an erection during a prostate exam?

Sure: Your doctor's seen it plenty of times before. It means nothing about who you are. ...Read more

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Why are two fingers used for a prostate exam?

Why are two fingers used for a prostate exam?

Never heard of that: Prostate is examined with a single finger. It is very difficult to insert two fingers into the rectum! ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Prostate Exam (Definition)

A digital rectal exam where a doctor will insert a finger into the patient's rectum in order to feel the size, shape and properties of the patient's prostate. Helps evaluate for ...Read more