September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, an annual observation to shed light on the importance of prostate health and the risk factors associated with prostate cancer.
The Prevalence of Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men behind skin cancer, with nearly one in seven men developing the disease during his lifetime.  It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in men behind lung cancer, and each year more than 29,000 men die from the disease.  With so many families impacted by prostate cancer every year, it is extremely important for men and their loved ones to understand their risk and undergo screening accordingly.
Though the numbers seem bleak, there is hope as most prostate cancers are caught early on and either successfully treated or diagnosed as indolent. When diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is nearly one hundred percent, and ninety-eight percent of those who receive an early diagnosis live ten years or more.  We are committed to educating families about the importance of prostate cancer screenings not only during the month of September, but all year-round.
The Importance of Prostate Cancer Screening
Regular prostate cancer screening is the best ways to protect oneself. Those who take an active role in monitoring their prostate health can dramatically reduce their risk of a late stage cancer diagnosis.
PSA and Biopsy Are Not Your Only Option
Many patients are unaware of the screening options available today. Physicians may run a routine blood test called a PSA to assess the health of a man’s prostate. Unfortunately, PSA tests do not tell the doctor whether the patient has indolent or aggressive prostate cancer. Biopsy was once considered the only viable prostate cancer screening option. Unfortunately, many men with indolent prostate cancer undergo avoidable surgical procedures which can lead to pain, urinary incontinence, and even impotence. With the introduction of the 4Kscore, men can effectively monitor their prostate health and oftentimes avoid painful biopsy.
Non-Invasive Prostate Cancer Screening
Advances in modern medicine are enabling medical professionals to determine a patient’s risk level of developing aggressive prostate cancer through non-invasive methods. This simplified approach to prostate cancer screening began with the PSA test. Today, the 4Kscore is taking the traditional PSA test to the next level, testing four prostate-specific kallikreins in the blood including: Total PSA, Free PSA, Intact PSA, and Human Kallikrein 2 (hK2). The results of each test are then analyzed in an algorithm with patient age, digital rectal exam results and prior negative biopsy results. The 4Kscore delivers an individual man’s percent risk of aggressive prostate cancer from <1% to >95% if a prostate biopsy were performed.
Celebrate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with Us!
In providing a patient’s risk percentage of developing aggressive prostate cancer, the 4Kscore is helping to dramatically reduce the need for unnecessary biopsies, and that is something to celebrate. We hope you will join us in celebrating National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. If you, or a loved one, have not been screened recently for prostate cancer, we encourage you to contact your physician or find a laboratory in your area.
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- Prostate Cancer Foundation. Prostate Cancer FAQs. Available at https://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.5800851/k.645A/Prostate_Cancer_FAQs.htm (Accessed August 25, 2016)
- Prostate Cancer Foundation. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is about Being Aware and Informed. Available at https://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.8781439/k.6DAD/Prostate_Cancer_Awareness_Month_is_about_Being_Aware_and_Informed.htm (Accessed August 17, 2016).