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Prostate Cancer

What does the term "hard prostate" mean?

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  • AArthur Crowley, MD, Urology, answered
    On digital rectal examination (DRE), the normal prostate feels firm (similar to the tip of the nose).  A “hard prostate” (like a rock), may indicate the presence of cancer.  In addition to the DRE, a blood test called PSA (prostate-specific antigen) can help diagnose prostate cancer at an earlier stage.  If the DRE or PSA test is suspicious, a prostate biopsy is usually recommended. 
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  • AW. Patrick Springhart, MD, Urology, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System

    A normal prostate has a smooth, soft texture. Cancers in the prostate will make nodules, or “hard” areas, on the prostate’s surface. Your doctor may feel them during a rectal exam.

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