To help prevent cancer, prostate exams are necessary, especially for men in at-risk categories.
A urologist explains the digital rectal exam and why men need one for cancer screening.
Cancer is bad enough. When it forces removal of the bladder and prostate, that's a lot to face.
Doctors recommend MRI to avoid many biopsies and check the accuracy of the necessary ones.
A DRE doesn't take long, shouldn't be painful and is decidedly beneficial. Don't avoid it.

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