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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Are prostate exams painful?

Are prostate exams painful?

They shouldn't, but.: Prostate exam for prostate cancer screen is usually performed digitally (with a gloved finger). It is a quick procedure to feel for nodules/masses. Pain depends on the individual; it is subjective. If there are cuts/fissure, previous trauma (emotional, physical or radiation) and or infection men may have pain. Most men do not experience pain with the exam, so p cancer screen should not be avoided. ...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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Would appreciate some expert advice for a prostate exam?

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

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