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Health problem ever reason for digital rectal exam

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For sample persons ages 40 and over who have heard of and had a digital rectal exam, DRXEVYHLTH reports whether the respondent has ever had a digital rectal exam because of a health problem.

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Persons who have had digital rectal exams because of health problems were asked follow-up questions to identify the nature of the health problem that led to the exam:


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  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 40+ (excluded from CAEP supplement) who have heard of a digital rectal exam and have had exam.


  • 1987