Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Two tests can be used to detect prostate cancer in the absence of any symptoms:
- A digital rectal exam, in which a doctor feels the prostate through the rectum to find hard or lumpy areas
- A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a blood test used to detect a substance made by the prostate.
Together, these tests can detect many "silent" prostate cancers, that is, those that have not caused symptoms.