Men should consider including both the digital rectal examination (DRE), and the PSA blood test as part of their annual physicals. In my case, the results of several DREs over several years reported everything to be smooth and normal, except for being enlarged, which is typical as men age. It was my rising PSA that was a concern. An MRI identified an abnormal area in my prostate, and a targeted prostate biopsy was positive for cancer.
It turns out that my cancer was in the final stage before breaching the prostate, and yet I had no symptoms. It was also out of reach of the DRE, even though the cancer was almost the size of two golf balls. Without the PSA test that identified rising results over the years, I may not have known until it spread.
Therefore, the DRE alone is not enough. Men, please consider asking your doctor for both a DRE and a PSA blood test.
Thank you, Mike Rowe, for showing men how easy it is to get their prostate checked. Mike teamed up with ZERO for this hilarious video of him getting his prostate exam on camera. Please share and help spread the word!
Are you the kind of guy who likes to DIY? So is Dax Shepard – take a look!
I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my prostate cancer diagnosis and lessons learned. You can listen to all my medical posts under Gogs’ Medical Testing.
If you’re newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and live in Canada please request a free Reef Knot Kit from Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. Each kit contains a copy of my book, Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm. For more details, please read the Announcement in my local paper.