Check out these hilarious zingers guys made to their doctors before, during or after a prostate exam. Even better, the funniest lines lead to some super-important facts about the procedure. If you’re wondering what to expect from a prostate exam, read on!
“This kinda gives new meaning to ‘the doctor is in.’”
How are prostate exams performed? A doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum to reach the prostate. Yup, you heard that right. A doctor sticks their finger up your butt. What do doctors feel for during a prostate exam? To check the walnut-sized gland, aka the prostate, for abnormal lumps or hard areas and screen for early signs of prostate cancer. This is a necessary medical procedure for guys at about age 50, usually done in addition to a PSA test, with 1 in 9 Canadian men developing prostate cancer during their lifetime.
“Hey doc, can you tell I’ve been doing squats?”
Why are prostate exams important? Exercise is great for your health, and so is a prostate exam. When caught early, the survival rate for prostate cancer is close to 100 percent.
“I’m only uncomfortable if I feel both your hands on my shoulders.”
Do prostate exams hurt? Comfort, or a lack thereof, isn’t really an issue during prostate exams. No painkillers are used, simply because the procedure isn’t painful.
“Now I know what it feels like to be a muppet.”
How many fingers are used for a prostate exam? A muppet has a whole hand up its backside for its entire existence. A prostate exam, on the other hand (ha!), involves a single finger and takes just a few minutes.
“So Doc, which Grey Cup did you win?”
Do you need an annual prostate exam? Probably not. This mostly depends on your age and if you’re high risk. You may not look forward to Prostate Cancer Awareness Month like you do the Grey Cup. Still, every year the September-long event does highlight a wide range of great tips for keeping your prostate and the rest of you healthy — and getting a prostate exam tops the list if you’re in a high-risk category. Oh, and doctors always remove their rings while performing the exams.
“Actually Doc, I gave myself a prostate exam yesterday. That’s the last time I buy cheap toilet paper!”
Should you worry about …um … poop? There’s no need to worry about the fecal matter being part of the procedure. Trust us: it’s no big deal for the doctor, who deals with worse things.
“Any sign of my car keys?”
At what age should you get a prostate exam? Because the early stages of prostate cancer often show no symptoms, detecting it ASAP is the only reason you need to get checked. And if the doctor finds your keys, consider it a bonus. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends you wait until you’re around 50 to get screened for prostate cancer.
As you can tell, prostate exams are, ahem, the butts of some pretty good one-liners. Here are some more:
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This article was originally published on September 5, 2019.
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Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two who has been covering men’s health for more than 20 years. As well as researching and blogging for Don’t Change Much since 2015, Adam’s award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines such as Explore, Reader’s Digest and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN and Toronto.com. Visit Adam’s website for more information on what he does.