Men's Health: Todd's Prostate Exam
Many men tend to avoid the many hospital procedures and checkups that are necessary for their health, but Local6's Todd Faulkner shows there's nothing to be afraid of.
"Let's do it. Let's go. There's no reason to be embarrassed, just man up and do it. Right?"
Making an appointment for a prostate exam is often the biggest hurdle a man overcomes.
"Hello, how you doing today? My name's Dr. Sperry."
Let's be honest, a digital rectal exam isn't something you look forward to.
But like a lot of men, Todd has good reason to get tested. Prostate cancer runs in his family. Recently, his 68-year-old father, Del was diagnosed and is now receiving radiation treatments to fight it.
"Low level prostate cancer. So it does run in your family."
The doctor's visit begins just like any visit.
A quick check of blood pressure, "150 over 92 so it's a little high."
Then it's the routine stuff, a lung and heart check, "I'll have you take a deep breath. Just going to listen to your heart." And a general look in the ears, nose, and throat.
Then it's time to check the prostate, "What we feel for is a kind of rubbery. It feels like almost the tip of your nose. If there was something hard like a rock or a pebble something like that on any part of the prostate we'd be more worried."
In 10 seconds, the exam is finished, "it felt normal."
And that's good news, even with a little embarrassment, "it can be a life saver if detected early."
The procedure is not that painful, and not that long albeit a little awkward.