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During a digital rectal exam a physician feels the prostate—a small gland that produces seminal fluid—for abnormalities. Annual DRE screenings for males over the age of 50 helps to indicate the sign of prostate cancer.

When to Have a Digital Rectal Exam

  • Annually for men starting at age 50.
  • Annually for men starting at age 45 if you are African American or if your father, brother, or son had prostate cancer before the age of 65.