Hello and welcome to my first blog post! I’m Jacob Zamstein. I’m a Urologist and this website represents my practice. Beyond seeing my patients, I aim to provide a better working knowledge regarding urology. Today’s topic is going to be about prostate exams. Sorry if it sounds a little wooden, I’m still a bit getting used to the idea of blogging—so I would really appreciate any tips on the writing front!
So anyway, onward to the discussion!
From experience, there is generally a lot of trepidation about prostate exams. In light of this, I wanted to answer some of the more common questions regarding prostate exams. I certainly hope that this will help to dispel any misgivings that you may have about this procedure.
What is a Prostate Exam?
A prostate exam is usually a procedure that is done to determine the present state of the prostate gland. It is a procedure that is often required when a patient has been complaining of several particular symptoms like:
- Difficulty or Pain while urinating
- Erectile Dysfunction
What Age Should You Start Getting a Prostate Exam?
Medical experts tend to debate on this one a lot. They used to believe that men should start to get annual prostate exams once they reach the age of 50. The thing is, there are a lot of other factors that need to be considered when it comes to the age.
You need to factor in:
- Personal medical history
- Family medical history
When an individual has a first-degree relative like their father or brother that has history of kidney issues or prostate cancer, the number bumps down to the age of 40. If it is a relative of the 2nd or 3rd degree, the age to start getting prostate exams would be 45.
Is a Prostate Exam Truly Necessary?
To determine certain illnesses and symptoms, yes, prostate exams are truly necessary. However, since it is an invasive procedure, medical professionals will tend to avoid suggesting prostate exams until it is absolutely necessary.
So that’s all the questions that I’ll be answering for this post. If there’s any question that you would have wanted me to answer, let me know through the comments section. You can also give me a call through the information in the contact page. What questions would you like to ask your friendly neighborhood urologist? In case that wasn’t clear, that would be me!