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Is there a new way of diagnosing prostate cancer without doing the digital examination?

10 doctors weighed in
Allison Greco
General Practice
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In brief: No good ones

Unfortunately, there is no reliable screening test for prostate cancer.
The digital examination may detect changes, but it is uncomfortable and does not pick up 100% of cancers. The psa blood test may be falsely elevated in other conditions. With that said, the definitive surgical procedures used to stage and evaluate prostate cancer are invasive and have many side effects.

In brief: No good ones

Unfortunately, there is no reliable screening test for prostate cancer.
The digital examination may detect changes, but it is uncomfortable and does not pick up 100% of cancers. The psa blood test may be falsely elevated in other conditions. With that said, the definitive surgical procedures used to stage and evaluate prostate cancer are invasive and have many side effects.
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
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3 doctors agree

In brief: No

A digital examination is not for diagnosing prostate cancer but to help screen for it, in addition to a blood test called psa.
The only method to diagnose prostate cancer is with a biopsy.

In brief: No

A digital examination is not for diagnosing prostate cancer but to help screen for it, in addition to a blood test called psa.
The only method to diagnose prostate cancer is with a biopsy.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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2 doctors agree

In brief: DRE

Any diagnosis of prostate cancer without doing a rectal exam is an incomplete evaluation.

In brief: DRE

Any diagnosis of prostate cancer without doing a rectal exam is an incomplete evaluation.
Dr. Howard Usitalo
Dr. Howard Usitalo
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In brief: PSA remains best

Even though psa has shortcomings, it remains the number one means of detecting early prostate cancer.
It is most meaningful when done annually, and an accelerated rise in psa over the course of one year prompting an ultrasound and biopsy is the most common means of diagnosing prostate cancer. Check out my following video response to the psa controversy: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=d8fpxszvmtq.

In brief: PSA remains best

Even though psa has shortcomings, it remains the number one means of detecting early prostate cancer.
It is most meaningful when done annually, and an accelerated rise in psa over the course of one year prompting an ultrasound and biopsy is the most common means of diagnosing prostate cancer. Check out my following video response to the psa controversy: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=d8fpxszvmtq.
Dr. Andrew Siegel
Dr. Andrew Siegel
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Dr. Richard Sarle
Only way to truly DIAGNOSE prostate cancer is to do a biopsy...psa and finger checks are screening tests done to see if you need a biopsy
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