"We are pleased that the NCCN, an organization leading the way in the establishment of evidence-based guidelines for cancer diagnostics, is recommending the use of the 4Kscore test in the 2015 Prostate Cancer Early Detection Guidelines," said
The 4Kscore test has been studied on over 22,000 patients with results published in 12 peer-reviewed scientific publications. "Since its launch, I have been offering and using the 4Kscore test with my patients who have an abnormal PSA prior to a first prostate biopsy and before repeating a prostate biopsy after a negative biopsy," said Dr. Dipen Parekh, Professor and Chair,
The 4Kscore test is the only blood test that accurately identifies an individual patient's risk for high-grade, aggressive cancer. In arriving at their recommendations, the NCCN panel stated: "The challenge is to minimize immediate treatment (over-treatment) of indolent cancers by accurately characterizing the biology of the detected cancer. Identification and selective treatment of aggressive cancers should result in significant decreases in morbidity and mortality while limiting adverse effects on quality of life."
"OPKO is committed to the strategy that effective therapy, particularly cancer therapy, can be greatly enhanced by use of diagnostic tests," said
About the 4Kscore Test
The 4Kscore is the only blood test that accurately identifies an individual patient's risk for aggressive prostate cancer, the lethal form of prostate cancer. The 4Kscore uses a proprietary algorithm that incorporates the blood levels of four different prostate-derived kallikrein proteins: Total PSA, Free PSA, Intact PSA and Human Kallikrein-2 (hK2), plus the patient's age, Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) status (nodule / no nodule), and prior negative biopsy status (yes / no) to calculate the percentage risk (probability) of finding a
OPKO is a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets by leveraging its discovery, development and commercialization expertise and novel and proprietary technologies. For more information, visit http://www.opko.com.
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