Select your language

Prostate Exam by Your Doctor
or Self Exam?

Prostate exam performed by a doctor

and even a self exam is a tricky task.


Why do so many men avoid getting this specific exam?


Why do some men dread the very thought of getting a physical?


It has nothing to do with disrobing in front of nurses or even the old turn-and-cough-routine. It's all about the rubber glove!


The reason doctors insert a well-lubed and gloved finger into a man's rectum during a physical is to detect abnormal growths on the prostate. It is the gland that helps control the functions associated with urination and ejaculation.

There is a big problem with the finger exam; doctors can't feel the whole prostate from that angle of insertion. So it's very possible that you could have a tumour on your prostate even if your doctor can't feel one during a manual exam.


Therefore, it is important to have a PSA test (prostate-specific antigen test), which will help locate whatever abnormality, if any. But then, it's important to note that an elevated PSA doesn't mean you have cancer; an elevated level can also be associated with other conditions, like benign inflammation of the prostate.


Only a biopsy can determine whether it's prostate cancer or not. It's the change from your baseline value rather than the absolute number that interests the doctors; the trend can predict early cancer, which most responds to treatment. Get one at age fifty and every year after.

75 Years - 75 Stories: 1 Fight for Life

For it's 75th Anniversary, The Canandian Cancer Society invites you to read about 75 people, places and things that have led to 75 years of LIFE:

Welcome to Read it Here:


FREE TRIAL ISSUE of MEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE:
Men's Health Magazine. *Official Site* Buy Now!


Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

From this "Prostate Exam Page",
Back to "Early Signs of Prostate Cancer Page"