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How often should I have a digital rectal exam?

Digital rectal exams are recommended every 5–10 years with each colon screening from the age of 50. A digital rectal exam is important to help find early signs of colon cancer in the anal canal and lower rectum. Because of its limitations, it is not recommended as the only test for colorectal cancer. 

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