The Digital Rectal Examination-A Scary Thought!

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My family medical history is of prostate cancer in very old age. I also met a guy named Ken Tucker. Ken’s a Rockhampton cycling coach that produced three boys of his own as national champions in the 80’s and recently coached a national under 19 women’s track champion after mentoring and coaching the Meares’ girls to national teams and Olympic medals. So when Ken Tucker looked me square in the eye and said get my prostate (and bowel) checked regularly, I listened. I made the appointment over the phone and got more and more nervous the closer the time came for the digital rectal examination! Some recent research threw some light on just how men feel about this test. It was nice to know the way I reacted was exactly how most men react as this research suggests.

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