4K-Score Test for Men at Risk for Prostate Cancer or Elevated PSA

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained urologic oncologist and a robotically-trained surgeon who specializes in all aspects of care for early, advanced and metastatic prostate cancer. He practices at New York Urology Specialists.

What is 4K Score Test?

The 4KScore test is a blood test that is used to predict the risk of high-risk prostate cancer in men.  This test can be used as a replacement of the traditional PSA test as it provides more information about risk for aggressive prostate cancer.

When is 4KScore Prostate Cancer test recommended?

Prostate Cancer 4KScore4KScore test for prostate cancer is advised to men for the same reasons that men were previously advised a PSA test.  Men with symptoms of urinary problems such as blood in urine, frequent urination, slow urine stream, feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, waking up at night to urine are advised to have a test for prostate cancer such as 4KScore test.

Men with slightly elevated PSA can use the 4Kscore test to decide whether they should have a prostate biopsy as 4KScrore better predicts high-risk prostate cancer risk.  Men with a family history of prostate cancer are advised to have screening for prostate cancer.  Other men may choose to screen for early detection of prostate cancer with a 4KScore test.

What Are Other Tests Available for Men at Risk for Prostate Cancer?

While traditionally the options available to men at risk for prostate cancer were limited to PSA blood test and a prostate exam (DRE, digital rectal exam), a number of exciting innovative options became available to men in 2016 and more exciting innovations are expected in 2017 and 2018.

PSA (prostate specific antigen) is still a useful test but is being supplanted by more informative tests such as 4KScore and PHI (prostate health index).

PHI (prostate health index) is a new test that provides an incremental improvement over the PSA test alone when it comes to predicting the risk of prostate cancer.  It can be used to reduce the need for unnecessary biopsies in some men.

Read more about differences between PHI and 4KScore tests.

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