......................prostate health is drastically ignored by men of all ages. Remember - prevention is always better than cure / treatment.
If you are over 40 - get an exam. If you are under 40 but experience problems peeing or pee often, then get it checked.
Article reprinted from Wikipedia.
The digital rectal examination (DRE, Latin palpatio per anum or PPA) is a relatively simple procedure. The patient undresses, then is placed in a position where the anus is accessible (lying on the side, squatting on the examination table, bent over the examination table, or lying down with feet in stirrups).
If the patient is lying on their side, the physician will usually have them bring one or both legs up to their chest. If patient bends over the examination table, the physician will have them place their elbows on the table and squat down slightly. If the patient uses the supine position, the physician will ask the patient to slide down to the end of the examination table until their buttocks are positioned just beyond the end. The patient then places their feet in the stirrups.
The physician spreads the buttocks apart and will usually examine the external area (anus and perinium) for any abnormalities such as hemrroids, lumps, or rashes. Then, as the patient strains down, the physician slips a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum through the anus and palpates the insides for approximately 60 seconds.
The DRE is inadequate as a screening tool for colorectal cancer because it examines less than 10% of the colorectal mucosa; colonoscopy is preferred. However, it's an important part of a general examination, as many tumors or other diseases are made manifest in the distal part of the rectum.
This examination may be used:
- for the diagnosis of rectal tumors and other forms of cancer;
- in males, for the diagnosis of prostatic disorders, notably tumors and benign prostatic hyperplasia;
- for the diagnosis of appendicitis or other examples of an acute abdomen (i.e. acute abdominal symptoms indicating a serious underlying disease);
- for the estimation of the tonicity of the anal sphincter, which may be useful in case of fecal incontinence or neurologic diseases, including traumatic spinal cord injuries;
- in females, for gynecological palpations of internal organs
- for examination of the hardness and color of the feces (ie. in cases of constipation, and fecal impaction);
- prior to a colonoscopy or proctoscopy.
- to evaluate hemorrhoids
- In newborn to exclude imperforate anus
Sometimes proctoscopy may also be part of a rectal examination.
Back when I worked in sexual health, the number 1 reason gay men gave for not getting a MEDICAL prostate exam was that they would be embarrassed.
Yeah - they'll hang it out over a ledge at a club but they get embarrassed by a procedure that could save their life.
Here is a rectal examination for you tops who are scared that it will hurt.
Please no giggles - your health is serious - take care of yourselves.