Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) | Michigan Medicine - How to anal exam
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A digital rectal exam (DRE) is a test for both men and women. It allows a doctor to check the lower rectum, pelvis, and lower belly for cancer and other health problems, including: A doctor may perform a DRE as part of a routine medical examination. The rectal exam is important to make sure causes of rectal bleeding such as hemorrhoids are not missed. Additionally, understanding how to palpate the prostate gland is important for looking for cancer and diagnosis prostatitis. A rectal exam should be performed on most patients.