YES! The key to saving lives is early detection. A digital rectal examination is the first procedure utilized in detecting prostate cancer. Every man over 40 should have a rectal examination as part of his regular annual physical checkup.
If a nodule is detected, or if high suspicion remains, then a prostatic ultrasound should be performed. This test may reveal cancers too small to be detected by physical examination.
During the prostatic ultrasound, a needle biopsy is performed to determine if cancer is present. A new blood test called a PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) may detect cancer that is forming in a male with a nonpalpable nodule.