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What tests check the health of your prostate?

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Some tests your doctor can do include:

  • Digital rectal exam, where they put on a glove and gently put one finger into your rectum to check your prostate's size and firmness and for any lumps
  • Prostate-specific antigen test, a blood test that checks the amount of a protein called PSA that prostate cells make (Higher levels may be a sign an enlarged prostate, prostatitis, or cancer.)
  • Prostate biopsy, a tissue sample taken to look for signs of cancer

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 18, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 18, 2018

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