Is It Possible to Perform a Prostate Self Exam?
Dear Dr. Motola,
Is is possible to perform a self exam of the prostate and if so, how can it be done?
It is possible to perform a self-exam, however the subtle differences in the consistency of the prostate that are indicative of prostate malignancy would be best appreciated by a trained professional. Prostate cancer has a characteristic feeling on digital exam, and until you have felt this repeatedly, you will not be able to determine normal from abnormal.
Jay Motola, MD, is a board-certified urologist and attending physician, Department of Urology, Mount Sinai West, and Assistant Professor of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Motola is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University, and earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.