The Doctors: How To Prevent Prostate Problems + Digital Exam
It was another After the Show edition of The Doctors, where the team stuck around to take questions from the audience. Chad, age 41, has a family history of Prostate Cancer. He has been monitoring his PSA, and he wanted advice on how to stay on top of things with a Prostate digital exam.
Dr Jen Berman said that someone with a family history should be getting regular digital exams after age 40. PSA is Prostate Specific Antigen, and it can also be affected as a result of BPH, Prostatitis, or cancer.
The Drs TV: High Risk Prostate Cancer Populations
Dr Travis Stork said he is not too concerned about his own prostate health, and Dr Berman added that it is common but not usually aggressive. Dr Rachael Ross said that it is more prevalent in the African American and Hispanic male communities. For these populations, Dr Berman also suggested starting testing at age 40.
“There’s really no downside to doing that physical exam,” Dr Stork said. Doing a digital exam at your annual physical is quick and easy. Dr Berman said there could be a urine test coming soon in the future.
The Doctors: Prostate Ultrasound Exam
Chad boldly agreed to get a digital exam and an ultrasound from Dr Berman backstage during the show. In the procedure room, she was showing us an ultrasound prostate screening. She said it looked homogeneous and smooth, with no nodules or other warning signs.
Dr Jen Berman also did a digital exam during a commercial break, and she said that his prostate was a normal size. That meant that the test results were good news for him. Chad was a good patient, though he admitted that it was uncomfortable.
He said that he wanted men to know they are at risk, because Prostate Cancer affects one in six males. It sounds like being proactive paid off with good news for Chad. Hopefully this will encourage others not to be so intimidated by the idea of a prostate exam as part of a regular health checkup.