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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, with the help of Helix, is looking to change that by offering a Genetic Risk Score (GRS) for prostate cancer.

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Dr. Brian Helfand talks about Genetic Risk Score tests for different diseases and goes over what information this test offers to patients.

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.


"I wanted to take a proactive approach to my healthcare.  I obtained the prostate cancer Genetic Risk Score.  The results showed that although I have no history of prostate cancer,  I was actually at high risk of developing the disease.   I am only 52 years old and my primary care physician has not yet recommended prostate cancer screening.  Based upon this test, I am motivated to start regular testing.  The Genetic Risk Score helped me make a more informed decision and provided results that I could discuss with my physician."
--Tom F., 52 years old, Glencoe, IL

 "I have a strong family history of prostate cancer including my father and several uncles.  No one could tell me when I should start screening for prostate cancer or whether I was actually at risk of being diagnosed with the disease.  The Genetic Risk Score defined that I was at very high risk of prostate cancer.  I know that I cannot change my DNA.  However, this test helped me understand my risk and the need for earlier screening.  If I am ever diagnosed with prostate cancer, I know that I will have done everything that I could to diagnosis it at a time that is treatable"
--Michael S., 40 years old, Chicago, IL