What is a prostate exam?
A prostate exam is a series of early detection tests for prostate cancer, which is much more prevalent among men. They include:
- PSA blood test:
This simple blood test tests for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is released by the prostate gland. There is no specific level of PSA that is considered normal; therefore, it is necessary to have a urologist examine the test results.
- Digital rectal exam:
The doctor examines the prostate gland for any signs of cancer. It is usually taken in conjunction with a PSA blood test because it can sometimes find cancers in men with normal PSA levels. This exam is not painful and takes a short amount of time.
How important are prostate exams?
Prostate exams can help doctors detect early signs of prostate cancer, which increases the chance of survival.
When should I start getting prostate exams?
The appropriate age for a prostate exam varies according to the person’s medical and family history. It is determined after consulting a urologist.
How should I prepare for a prostate exam?
- For accurate results, refrain from sexual activity one day before getting your PSA test (as sexual intercourse can temporarily raise the levels of PSA in your blood).
- Tell your doctor if you are on any medication for your prostate as this can affect the way your doctor interprets the results of your PSA test.
How often should I get a prostate exam?
It is recommended to do a prostate exam once a year.
To schedule an appointment or for any inquiries, call the Early Detection Unit at (+962-6) 53 00 460.