DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) is a test used to check the prostate gland to find out if it has got any changes in them. Bone scan is a helpful test which is performed to know whether the prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) is a test that is used to check prostate gland in men. The doctor can examine prostate by inserting a finger into the rectum. It is located in front of the rectum hence a lubricated finger passing through rectum can clearly feel the organ. The test is done in the screening of prostate cancer and forms a useful part of detecting cancer during early stages.
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Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer includes urge of frequent urination, weak flow of urine and increased tendency of urination in the night time and sometimes presence of blood in urine and pelvis pain.
There are basically 5 stages of prostate cancer which ranges from Stage 0 to Stage IV. Stage 0 is the starting stage and in Stage IV the cancer spreads to other parts of the body including distant lymph nodes and bones.