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Prostate Cancer Genetic Risk Score

Learn About Your Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

When it comes to assessing an individual’s risk for developing certain diseases, many factors can come into play. A person’s lifestyle, their family history, their personal history of other diseases, and even their environment can play a role in disease risk. However, an individual’s genetics are commonly overlooked when assessing risk. NorthShore is looking to change that by offering a Genetic Risk Score (GRS) for prostate cancer.

What You’ll Learn

Understanding your risk for developing prostate cancer can help you and your physician to make more informed decisions regarding your prostate cancer screening tendencies. By assessing your risk using the NorthShore Prostate Cancer GRS, you can utilize the latest in DNA sequencing technology to add valuable information to your overall prostate cancer risk assessment. Information from the NorthShore Prostate Cancer GRS may help your doctor better manage your prostate cancer screening and thereby diagnose prostate cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage. 

Who It’s For

While prostate cancer is most common in older men, with 1 out of 7 men diagnosed during their lifetime, the Prostate Cancer GRS is for men of all ages for them to assess their risk of developing prostate cancer and adjust their screening tendencies appropriately. Your GRS does not change over your lifetime and is applicable to all males of non-Hispanic white, African American, and eastern Asian descent, regardless of age. It is useful for men with or without a family history of prostate cancer and can be used in conjunction with family history to evaluate your risk.