The prostate is an important gland in the male reproductive system. While it can have a significant impact on a man’s health, many Apple Valley men do not have a solid understanding of what the prostate is and how they can manage the health of their prostate.
It is important that men throughout the High Desert region work with a urology expert throughout their adult lives in order to keep a check on their prostate and understand their risks for diseases related to the prostate.
Patients who visit their urologist in order to discuss their prostate health may find that the doctor recommends a series of tests. A DRE, or digital rectum exam, is the most common exam related to the prostate. This standard test is performed on most patients, and it allows the surgeon to feel the size and shape of the prostate while also looking for abnormalities.
The PSA, or prostate-specific antigen test, is a blood test that is performed in order to measure the PSA protein amounts that are being produced by the prostate. These tests can give the urologist insight as to whether the prostate is in good health or whether additional testing may be required.
If you have not visited your urologist in a while, it may be time to schedule a well visit and have the doctor check the status of your prostate.