Benefits of Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

Early Detection of Prostate CancerBenefits of Early Detection

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in the United States. Studies show that about 1 in every 9 men will be diagnosed with some form of prostate cancer during their lifetime. If found early, there are effective therapies available.

Prostate Cancer Screening

Urologists and primary care physicians currently screen men for prostate cancer using the PSA test and digital rectal exam (DRE). Screening begins at age 50 for all men, and it may begin earlier for men with a family history of prostate cancer or who are otherwise at an elevated risk of developing the condition. With the DRE, the Urologist identifies enlargement of the prostate and nodules on the prostate. PSA is typically elevated in the presence of prostate cancer, but PSA is elevated most of the time as a result of less serious conditions, and as a result, many men are subjected to unnecessary prostate biopsies following elevated PSA readings.

The 4Kscore Test measures four prostate protein levels in your blood, including PSA. By combining the levels of four proteins with certain medical information, the 4Kscore provides a more accurate assessment of your chance of having an aggressive form of prostate cancer. This information provides valuable, new information to help you and your Urologist select the best course of action for you.

How do I know whether I have aggressive prostate cancer?