The Importance of Prostate Cancer Testing: Know Your Number
Prostate Cancer Testing 101 Digital Rectal Exam

In a digital rectal exam (DRE), your doctor will feel the size and shape of the prostate by inserting a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum. The area where most prostate cancers are found can be felt during this test.

The digital rectal examination is a procedure that should be viewed as one part of testing, with the PSA blood test as the other key part. Many cases that can be identified by DRE may not necessarily be picked up by PSA alone.14,15