Prostate examination is often taboo among men. For many, this means invading privacy, which is unacceptable to them. However, over time, they are forced to go for it.
The prostate is a gland that only men have. It is located below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. It produces fluids that will eventually become semen.
Over the years, the prostate gradually increases in size. This phenomenon occurs in all men. We know that at the age of 80, almost 70% of men have abnormal prostate growth.
Prostate cancer is the most aggressive and deadly form of cancer. In addition, it is one of the most common cancers among men and has a significant mortality rate.
Examination of the prostate initially involves two steps: a PSA test and a digital rectal examination. If either or both give suspicious results, the doctor proceeds to the second diagnostic phase with tomography and prostate biopsy.
When your doctor determines the need for a prostate exam, he or she will suggest a PSA test and a digital rectal examination. This is done by laboratory methods using a blood sample and digital rectal examination in the doctor’s office.
If the laboratory results are normal, the patient will have to go through it again in a year. In some cases, when there are no risk factors, patients can take a PSA test every two years.
Digital rectal examination
Digital rectal examination is another component of prostate examination. Examination involves inserting a finger into the patient’s rectum for palpation of the gland.
What to do after prostate examination
The next step before examining the prostate is a visual examination to clarify the diagnosis. The doctor may refer you for an ultrasound and, if necessary, a biopsy of the gland.
Early detection is important. If the tumor is detected very early, it is completely treatable. Doctors insist on examining the prostate because of its effectiveness when it comes to reducing fatal prostate cancer.
It is important for men to get rid of fear and go through this procedure on purpose. An annual inspection can add many years to their lives.