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Ask the Pros~ prostate cancer

Q: I have been recently screened for prostate cancer. My doctor has stated I have level 6 prostate cancer, what does that mean?

 

A:  The level your doctor is referring to is called a Gleason score. A prostate cancer diagnosis is made by looking at prostate tissue under a microscope. Once prostate cancer has been identified, the doctor must determine both the stage and grade of the cancer. One way of grading prostate cancer is called the Gleason system. This scoring system assigns a Gleason score of 2 to 10 to grade prostate cancer, quantifying the aggressiveness of the cancer. A tumor with a low Gleason score is likely to be slow-growing, while one with a high score is more likely to grow aggressively.

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