Screening for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Screening tests are given to people who are at high risk for health issues but do not yet have symptoms. It will help to get an early diagnosis and treatment.

Screening Tests

A digital rectal exam can detect BPH. The doctor inserts a gloved finger into the lower rectum. The doctor can then feel the size of prostate. Health issues like tumor or inflammation may also be noted.

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) increases with prostate issues such as BPH, prostate cancer, or prostatitis. A prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is not a screening test because PSA levels may not raise in all men with these conditions. The test may be done to look for changes to support other tests.



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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 11/4/2020

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