Version 2.0 of Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator Online

Version 2.0 of Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator Online
A new study entitled “Focusing PSA Testing on Detection of High-Risk Prostate Cancers by Incorporating Patient Preferences Into Decision Making” and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, describes the updates and benefits of a calculator developed at the University of Texas Health Science Center, designed to help men and their doctors assess their risk of prostate cancer. “The prostate cancer risk calculator has been updated using current risk factors and a better interface; the current version gives a more nuanced result that helps understand a man’s risk of prostate cancer,” Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center, who helped develop the risk calculator and co-authored the article said in a UT Health Science Center press release. The free calculator is available at the Health Science Center website, is user friendly and can quickly provide numeric information about the potential risk for low-grade and high-grade prostate cancer. High-grade high-risk cancers are the types of prostate cancer that require early detection, since action can immediately be taken to prolong and save a patient’s life. This risk assessment tool was first developed in 2006, based on information from 5519 men in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT), all of whom had undergone a prostate biopsy regardless of PSA level and in whom other risk variables (age, race/ethnicity, family history of prostate cancer, prior biopsy information, and rectal examination findings) were known. The researchers used individual patient information to enable the calculator to predict 3 possible outcomes — negative biopsy result, low-grade cancer, or high-grade cancer. “What is import
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