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How is a digital rectal examination (DRE) performed?

If you are having symptoms of prostate problems, your doctor will ask you about your medical history and your symptoms and then perform a physical examination which will include a digital rectal examination (DRE). The doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel the back part of your prostate. He feels for hard or lumpy areas. The exam takes only a minute or so to do and causes only a little discomfort.

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