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Blog / Cancer, Early Detection, Prostate Health

What is a Gleason Score?

Apr. 26 2019 by Sheherzad Preisler Blog Editor, PR & Social Media Coordinator 2 min read
What is a Gleason Score?

Upon diagnosis, prostate cancer is graded upon a Gleason score, which is used to evaluate the likely aggressiveness of someone’s prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Free Foundation describes how Gleason scores work: they range from 2-10, grade how quickly the cancer will probably grow, and indicate the likelihood of the cancer spreading beyond the prostate gland, or metastasizing. Gleason scores are determined through the examination of cell patterns in the prostate tissue under a microscope, and are the sum of two numbers (1-5 each):

  • the grade of the most common observed cell pattern 
  • the grade of the second most common observed cell pattern 

But if there is only one observable cell pattern, it’s counted twice. High Gleason scores–like a grade of 10–indicates that the tumor is likely to grow rapidly and metastasize. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering, Gleason scores of six or below are considered low; this means that the tumor in question is less likely to spread.

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