How Often Should I Get A Prostate Exam?

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men. Early detection is crucial for treatment success. Prostate exams screen for abnormalities that may indicate cancer. The cause of Prostate cancer is not yet known. If you’re unsure about whether or not you need to get a Prostate exam, please talk to your doctor who’ll be able to advise you about the possible risks and benefits. When it comes to your health, it is important to have all the facts and information to make an informed decision.

Should You Get A Prostate Exam?

It is recommended that you get a prostate exam every two years once you reach 40. Of course, this is just a guideline. Based on your and your family’s medical history, your doctor will be able to tell you:

  • If you need a Prostate exam.
  • How often you should get one?
  • What are the risks and benefits?

Can A GP Perform A Prostate Exam?

Yes, your GP can perform the prostate exam for you. In some cases, your GP may refer you to a specialist instead.

What Are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

If you notice any of the following symptoms, please see your doctor immediately.

  • Erectile disfunction or other irregularities. If you’re suddenly experiencing erectile dysfunction or having trouble performing sexually, it could be a sign of Prostate cancer.
  • Blood in urine or semen. If there’s any pain or burning sensation while urinating or you find blood in your urine or semen, please consult you doctor at once.
  • Frequent urination. If you notice that you’re urinating much more frequently, it’s worth discussing it with your doctor to find the probable cause.
  • Any changes to your urination pattern, such as a weak flow, dribbling after urination or bladder obstruction need to be checked out as well.

As men age, the prostate can become enlarged and lead to some of the above problems. If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please do not panic. Go see your doctor to get your Prostate checked to rule out cancer.

Contact Us

At Tuross Head Medical Centre, we offer a range of services for Men’s Health, Prostate Exam being one of them. To book an appointment with us, please call 02 4413 2666

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