Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

What are the screening tools for prostate cancer?

There are two main types of prostate cancer screenings – a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • DRE – In this exam, a doctor or nurse inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel for any lumps or abnormalities. The check also feels for the size of the prostate.
  • PSA – This exam measures the levels of PSA – a substance made by the prostate – in the blood. High levels of PSA in the blood can be a sign of prostate cancer, or another prostate condition.

Having these screenings can help find prostate cancer in its early stages so treatment can be started as soon as possible.

Talk with your doctor for more information about prostate screening tools and when and if they are right for you.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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