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The development of nomograms for stratification of men at risk of prostate cancer prior to prostate biopsy


A main limitation of early prostate cancer (PCa) detection due to elevated PSA levels is caused by the low specificity of PSA, which is associated with a high proportion of men detected with nonmalignant findings at first or subsequent prostate biopsy (PBX). Multivariate prediction models, such as nomograms, have been developed, providing a more accurate method to prospectively determine the risk of a positive PBX. Combining established clinical risk factors with novel diagnostic markers of PCa appears promising to further improve predictive accuracy estimates.

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