Screening for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
The digital rectal exam is the only screening test for BPH. This involves your doctor inserting a gloved finger into the lower rectum. From here, your doctor can estimate the size of your prostate, identify some (but not all) cancers, and find anal diseases.
There are no guidelines for screening for BPH.
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