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What is a Gleason score?

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Your Gleason score isn't a separate prostate cancer screening test. It's a number based on the results of your biopsy.

It's the sum of two grades on your lab report. They focus on the most common and second-most common cancer cell patterns in your biopsy.

Gleason scores range from 2 to 10, and prostate cancer will score 6 or higher. A higher score (8 to 10) means the type of cancer has a higher risk of spreading. You typically get a Gleason score once, when you're first diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Ketan Badani, MD, professor of urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients: “Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Learn About Cancer: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Ketan Badani, MD, professor of urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients: “Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Learn About Cancer: Prostate Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

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