<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=316375289827066&amp;ev=PageView &amp;noscript=1">

Prostate Health: Don't Forget About DRE

Apicha Community Health Center Sep 23, 2019  

ApichaCHC - Unsplash

Taking care of your health is important. And for men, that includes the health of your prostate. One of the best ways to ensure your health and prevent any issues is getting a DRE -- also known as a digital rectal exam.

What is a digital rectal exam?

A digital rectal exam is a method of checking the health of your prostate and to screen for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of leading causes of death among men. But with DREs, prostate health can be monitored and cancer can be detected early.

How is a digital rectal exam performed?

Because the prostate is an internal organ, it cannot be seen directly. As the prostate is located in front of the rectum, your doctor can feel the prostate by inserting a gloved finger. This way, your medical provider can feel for any abnormalities and check that your prostate is healthy.

During the exam, your doctor will feel the prostate for any hard, lumpy, or abnormal areas. The exam is short and will only last a few minutes.

Why should I get a digital rectal exam?

We know it may be an uncomfortable process, but DREs are a great form of preventive care. And, if there is a problem with your prostate, a medical provider will be able to detect any problems and further assist you.

Screening & detecting for cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death for men. As with many cancers, the risk of developing prostate cancer increases as men get older, with 1 of every 9 men over the age of 70 developing the cancer. About 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer.

African American men are the highest risk of developing prostate cancer. The second highest at-risk race is White, and the third highest is Hispanic/Latino.

Where can I get a DRE?

You can have a DRE done by your primary care doctor. DREs are typically done as part of your annual physical checkup. However, you can request one be performed by your doctor at any time.

How Apicha CHC can help you

If you do not have a primary health care provider at this time, consider learning more about Apicha Community Health Center. We have many providers who are experts in their fields and can provide screenings for prostate cancer as well as many other types of anal cancer at our clinic. You can request an appointment here, or click below.

 


Ready to take action about your health?
 request an appointment

Subscribe For Updates

What's the Difference Between Non Binary VS Genderqueer?

What's the Difference Between Non Binary VS Genderqueer?

Understanding different identities can be difficult, but it's also incredibly important. And for...
How to Support Someone Who is Transitioning

How to Support Someone Who is Transitioning

Making the choice to transition is a big milestone. Whether it’s your partner, a friend, or anyone...
Early Signs of HIV

Early Signs of HIV

Early HIV is the beginning stage of HIV disease, right after HIV infection occurs.
Gay Sex & Primary Care: What You Need To Know

Gay Sex & Primary Care: What You Need To Know

  Some of the many ways Apicha Community Health Center (CHC) has served New York City’s LGBT...
Transgender Sexual Health Guide: Safer Sex

Transgender Sexual Health Guide: Safer Sex

When it comes to sex, there’s a serious lack of resources available to transgender people that...
Queens Pride 2022 Recap

Queens Pride 2022 Recap

Photography by Emma Guliani (Instagram: @em_uhhhhh)
Take Our Survey & Win a Prize: Health Needs of NYC LGBTQ API Community

Take Our Survey & Win a Prize: Health Needs of NYC LGBTQ API Community

Apicha Community Health Center is launching an exciting project to address the health & wellness...
Event Alert! API Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Event Alert! API Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Apicha CHC is excited to be co-hosting this virtual discussion on Asian & Pacific Islander mental...
Resources for LGBTQ+ Asian & Pacific Islanders

Resources for LGBTQ+ Asian & Pacific Islanders

LGBTQ+ APIs: You are seen. You are valid. You are loved. In recent years, there has started to be...