BLOG

Digital Rectal Exam

The Infamous Digital Rectal Exam for Prostate Cancer – Why??

  • In 2017 there will be about 161,360 new cases and 26,730 death
  • Prostate Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death of men in the United States
  • 1 in 6, 16% of men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer during their lifetimes

○ 4/10 cases are diagnosed between 40-65 years old; 6/10 after 65 years old

  • Family history counts!

1 brother or father with Prostate Cancer increases your chances from 16% to 33%

2 brothers or a father with Prostate Cancer increases your chances from 83%

  • 92% of Prostate Cancers are found while the disease is still located within the prostate gland or in nearby organs by Digital Rectal Exam

○ In the early stages of Prostate Cancer there are no consistent or noticeable symptoms

○ Nearly 100% of men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in at this point are alive 5 years later!!

Take Home Message:          Grow Up!!             Do The Exam!!

Catch it early & Stay Alive!!