Men over 50 are encouraged to get tested yearly for prostate cancer. Detection methods include PSA testing and/or a Digital Rectal Exam.
The PSA test is a blood test that measures PSA levels in the blood. PSA levels rise when the size of the prostate, or the number of prostate cells, increase. It just shows that there is a problem, not that there is a cancer. Further testing is needed. In a digital rectal exam (DRE), the doctor will feel the size and shape of the prostate by inserting a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum. Once again, if the doctor feels something abnormal, it doesn’t mean there is a cancer, it only means further testing is required.
A lot of men don’t get tested because they are ashamed of getting a rectal exam. Some are afraid of seing a doctor, or just don’t know that they need to get tested. Make a donation to Movember and help the foundation to work towards better treatments and to promote early diagnosis and screening for the disease.
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