Do you still perform a digital rectal exam?Created by:
Just recently I encountered a journal article that stating there’s enough evidence to abandon screening for prostate cancer through a digital rectal exam. In reality, this exam is highly uncomfortable and is dreaded by a lot of men, and is actually perceived as an “invasive” exam. In clinical practice, I have observed that a lot of urologists no longer do this and instead they request for PSA since it is less invasive and readily available. However, because I am a resident, I am expected to perform this when indicated. So my question is do you still perform this when screening for prostate cancer? If your DRE is negative, do you still request for a PSA?