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There are two major screening tools for prostate cancer: the digital rectal exam (DRE) and the prostate specific-antigen (PSA) blood test. The role for PSA screening has been debated in the last few years, and both PSA and DRE need to be done in the context of the patient's family history and risk factors. Prostate cancer can occur in the absence of symptoms, and if it is suspected by screening tests it can be confirmed by biopsy.
The early detection of prostate cancer is key to its diagnosis, treatment and cure. The only way to make sure it’s diagnosed early is to have regular checkups. The checkup for prostate cancer includes two critical elements. The first is the digital rectal examination (DRE). The other element of early diagnosis is a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
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