Digital rectal exam

During a digital rectal exam (DRE), the doctor places a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum to examine the rectum and feel the prostate gland. 

DREs may be conducted annually for men over the age of 50 who choose to be screened. Men in high-risk groups, such as African-Americans, or those with a strong family history of prostate cancer, should consult their doctors about being tested at age 45. Women may also have DREs performed by a gynecologist.

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