Digital Rectal Exam

Hello. Just a quick question. When you have a digital rectal exam (mainly for bleeding issues), would the doctor notice if there were any problems with the prostate? 

  • Hello Phil80

    A DRE can be used to see if you have a prostate problem but it would be best if you spoke with the Dr who carried out the examination about your question as they will be able to confirm their findings. 

    Best wishes, 
    Cancer Chat moderator 

  • Hi Phil80 and welcome to the forum, I had a DRE and the GP told me immediately i had prostate cancer PCa, confirmed soon after by a blood test, if your doctor thought there was the slightest possibility of cancer he would have taken a blood sample immediately and referred you to urology as has been the case with everyone i know with PCa, as Moderator Jenn has said speak with the doctor. Eddie

  • Hi. Thanks for the reply but I was just wondering if you have a DRE for another issue, but there was a problem with the prostate, would the doctor notice that or does a prostate check require a separate DRE check?