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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Do nurse practitioners do prostate exams?

Do nurse practitioners do prostate exams?

Yes: Most nurse practitioners should be able to do prostate exams. ...Read more

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What is a digital prostate exam?

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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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 doctors give prostate exams?

Multiple: Family practice, internal medicine, urologists just to name a few. ...Read more

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Ejaculated during prostate exam, should I be concerned?

No ejaculate...: Usually, no ejaculation will take place on digital rectal exam (dre) due to stress, discomfort, ; pressure from doc's examining finger. But dre-examined men may have some expressed prostate fluid dripping out urethra from intentional massage to obtain specimen to verify if prostatitis"does exist. Or, occasionally, intrarectal electroejaculation may be induced for infertility after spinal cord i. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do doctors give prostate exams for?

I was wondering what do doctors give prostate exams for?

Check for cancer: A man needs an annual prostate exam to assess for nodules. Nodules are suspicious for cancer. 25% of men with prostate cancer have a normal psa reading but a nodule on the prostate. Prostate exams also give a clinician an idea of enlargement, which can guide therapy for trouble with urination. ...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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After all test taken for epiditimitis and came up negative , and a prostate exam negative. Why is my epiditimitis still sensitive?

After all test taken for epiditimitis and came up negative ,  and a prostate exam negative. Why is my epiditimitis still sensitive?

Epididymus: The epididymus doesn't like to be messed with in any manner and it is not at all unusual for it to be chronically tender even in the absence of inflammation and infection.I have seen patients whose epididymus has remained tender for years. Your urologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you,however. ...Read more

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New dr did not perform testicular or prostate exam during physical but prior dr always did. I'm 44 should prostate and testicular be part of physical?

New dr did not perform testicular or prostate exam during physical but prior dr always did. I'm 44 should prostate and testicular be part of physical?

Docs Vary: It is hard to judge the quality of practice of a doctor based what they examine on a single visit. If you like them ask for the exams you would like without judgement. It is perfectly reasonable for you to want your prostate and testicles examined. Perhaps a patient strenuously objected to the offer. It takes getting used to a new doc, but you should begin 2 really trust them soon or switch. ...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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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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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

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


Dr. Michael Becich
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Nurse Practitioners (Definition)

Nurse practitioners are nurses with advanced training to provide basic medical care services similar to that ...Read more