What Is a Gleason Score? And What Does It Mean?

Q:
I saw Gleason scores many times in the prostate cancer news. What exactly is it?

A:
If you are considering your Gleason Score, you may already finish your biopsy. This Grading system was coined by Donald Gleason, a Pathologist, in the 1960’s. He divided the cancerous cells into 5 distinct patterns, with a scoring from 1 to 5.

Generally speaking:
Scores: 2~ 4, less aggressive.
Scores: 5~ 6, at a higher risk.
Scores: 7~10,more aggressive.

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