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DRE is still a key diagnostic tool in assessing risk for prostate cancer
January 17th, 2013 Posted in prostate cancer diagnosis
A new study just published in the Canadian Journal of Urology has reminded us of the importance of the digital rectal emamination (DRE) in the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer
The accuracy and importance of the DRE when carried out by primary care physicians is certainly debatable (because primary care physicians may not be sufficiently skilled to conduct a prostate DRE with sufficient skill). What is not debatable is the importance of the DRE when the patient is being evaluated by a urologist either prior to biopsy or as part of a full urological examination.