The American Cancer Society strongly recommends regular prostate exams starting as early as age 40, depending on your cancer risk. Prostate exams at Urology Associates of Mobile and smart lifestyle choices are excellent, proactive ways to prevent prostate cancer. Offices are conveniently located in Mobile, Daphne, Foley, Grove Hill, and Thomasville, Alabama, and Lucedale, Mississippi. Book online or call the office nearest you now.
A prostate exam is a medical exam conducted by your urology specialist at Urology Associates of Mobile. Prostate exams typically include two main components, a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
Prostate exams help your doctor diagnose problems like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate inflammation (prostatitis), and prostate cancer.
If you’re having symptoms of prostate problems, such as urinary difficulties, blood in your urine (hematuria), or pain during ejaculation, you likely need a prostate exam as part of the diagnostic process.
Prostate exams are also part of regular prostate cancer screening for men as they age. Most men start prostate cancer screening between the ages of 40 and 50, although the starting age varies according to personal risk factors.
After your initial prostate cancer screening, your urologist determines how often you need a prostate exam based on your PSA levels, age, and other factors.
Urology Associates of Mobile gives you specific preparation guidelines ahead of time. You may need to temporarily abstain from sexual activity for a short period prior to the test.
If you’re taking any medication, inform your urologist ahead of time since some drugs can impact exam results. If you’re experiencing any uncomfortable or painful issues like hemorrhoids or anal fissures, tell your doctor so they can take extra precautions to keep you comfortable during the digital rectal exam.
Urology Associates of Mobile offers gentle and efficient prostate exams. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online.