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Digital rectal exam for prostate cancer

Digital rectal exam for prostate cancer

A DRE is usually the first step in determining prostate health and is often done as part of routine screening, such as an annual physical.

What is a digital rectal exam?

During a digital rectal exam (DRE), your doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum, in order to check to see if the prostate is the proper shape, size and texture. If your doctor feels something suspicious, he or she may order diagnostic tests.