|Digital Rectal Exam is Worth Doing
(Dr. Catalona Responds to Reports in the News.)
In our study, of the 569 men with Gleason grade 7 or above, 10% were detected by DRE alone.
Ten-year recurrence-free survival for those patients diagnosed by DRE only was 86%, for those by PSA only was 87% and those diagnosed by abnormalities in both DRE and PSA was 78%.
Taking the DRE from screening practices can seriously compromise treatment outcomes.