What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Having A Digital Rectal Exam?

Dr. John Libertino answers the question: 'Benefits Of A Digital Rectal Exam?'

March 16, 2009 -- Question: What are some of the benefits of having a digital rectal exam?

Answer: Digital rectal examination not only can raise the specter of prostate cancer by palpating the prostate gland and feeling the nodular indurated spot on the prostate gland but it can also discover anal rectal pathology such as polyps or cancers of the anus or rectum, as well as fistula of the anus or rectum, which are commonly caused by inflammatory bowel disease. So, you can learn a great deal from a very well done rectal examination.