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Are prostate exams painful?
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4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marvalyn DeCambre
Dr. Marvalyn DeCambre
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Dr. James Gulley
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not
The prostate exam is generally done with a lubricated gloved finger. If the examiner is gentle and allows the muscles of the anus to relax this usually decreases the discomfort.

In brief: Usually not
The prostate exam is generally done with a lubricated gloved finger. If the examiner is gentle and allows the muscles of the anus to relax this usually decreases the discomfort.
Dr. James Gulley
Dr. James Gulley
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