Who Needs the 4Kscore Test?
The 4Kscore Test is for any man concerned about his risk for high-grade, aggressive prostate cancer, and is especially useful when considering a prostate biopsy. The 4Kscore test provides information that a man and his Urologist can use to make an informed, shared decision about whether or not to perform a prostate biopsy.
Common Reasons for a TRUS prostate biopsy (Transrectal Ultrasound):
- Family history of prostate cancer
- Elevated PSA or High PSA
- Abnormal results from a digital rectal exam (DRE)
- Prior negative biopsy
What is the benefit of the 4Kscore Test?
The 4Kscore Test can help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies, by measuring a man’s risk of having aggressive prostate cancer. If that risk is low, a patient may, in consultation with his Urologist, decide not to have a prostate biopsy and avoid the associated pain and complications such as bleeding and infection that may result from the biopsy procedure. Also, by avoiding a diagnosis of a low-grade, non-life threatening form of prostate cancers (Gleason score = 6), the patient may avoid treatments that he may not need.
How do I know whether I have aggressive prostate cancer?