Your prostate cancer screening will be done with two tests: the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and the digital rectal exam (DRE).
Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test:
When you come in to Planned Parenthood for the PSA blood test, your health care professional will take a blood sample to send to the lab. There, your blood will be tested for prostate-specific antigen (PSAs) levels. High PSA levels are associated with prostate cancer, so the PSA blood test is a good first step for screening.
Digital Rectal Exam:
Your health care professional will feel your prostate for hard lumps that might be cancer. To do this, he or she will insert a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum. This may sound uncomfortable, but it is a quick, not painful, and important part of prostate cancer screening.