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What do doctors use to check for prostate cancer?

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Doctors use the digital rectal exam (DRE) as a relatively simple test to check the prostate. Because the prostate is an internal organ, your doctor cannot look at it directly. But because the prostate lies in front of the rectum, he or she can feel it by inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum.

It may be performed during screening for prostate cancer.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 13, 2016

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 13, 2016

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