Testing for the Existence of Files (in UNIX) within Perl


I have a number of files sitting on UNIX I'm not interested if a particular one
exists , I just  need to do a file test within my perl script to see if any one of them exists.  All my files are in the same directory /home/myarea/data
and start with extractfile.homesystem   so a file produced today would be
like   /home/myarea/dataextract.homesystem.$todaysdate.data.123456

So  effectively I think I need to use some sort of regular expression
in my perl file test.

All I'm concerned about is the availability
of  any file with a prefix:   dataextract.homesystem.$todaysdate.data

Anything after data. is variable.

Can you help?

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if( </home/myarea/dataextract.homesystem.$todaysdate.data.*> ){
    print "fille exists\n"

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