Why is digital rectal examination used to detect prostate cancer and other diseases?

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Early screening can help detect prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer screening involves inserting a lubricated, gloved finger into a man’s rectum to feel for anything abnormal in a man’s prostate.

Recently, an international panel of experts recommended that digital rectal examinations be replaced by MRIs for “active surveillance” of prostate cancer.

This news may be celebrated with the advent of new technologies that have revolutionized invasive medical testing, but the digital rectal exam (DRE) and What are the implications of changing it?

A DRE is performed by a doctor who examines the patient’s rectal wall by inserting it into the anus.

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