Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

What Are The Odds You Will Get Prostate Cancer

What are Prostate Cancer Risk Factors? One man in six will get prostate cancer. But which men and why? What makes some men predisposed to prostate cancer, while others are never diagnosed? Age, race, lifestyle, family history, where you live, and what you eat can be risk factors. Having one or more of the risk factors described on this page is not a guarantee that you will get prostate cancer, but it does mean your chances of developing prostate cancer are higher.

What are Prostate Cancer Risk Factors? One man in six will get prostate cancer. But which men and why? What makes some men predisposed to prostate cancer, while others are never diagnosed? Age, race, lifestyle, family history, where you live, and what you eat can be risk factors. Having one or more of the risk factors described on this page is not a guarantee that you will get prostate cancer, but it does mean your chances of developing prostate cancer are higher.

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Research shows that men with certain risk factors are more likely to develop prostate cancer. Talking with your physician about your risk factors will help the two of you build an appropriate plan for future prostate cancer screening. These factors can indicate the need for screening at an earlier age or the need for more frequent testing. These main risk factors are listed below.

  • Age over 65 – this is the main risk factor for prostate cancer. The older a man gets, the more likely he will develop prostate cancer. This disease is rare in men under 45 years of age.
  • Family History – one’s risk of prostate cancer is higher if you have a father, brother or son with prostate cancer.
  • Race – prostate cancer is more common among African American men and less common among Asian/Pacific Islanders, Native American and Native Alaskan men.
  • Obesity – Many studies have shown that obese men have a greater risk of dying from prostate cancer, developing a more aggressive cancer, and experiencing disease recurrence after surgery or radiation therapy.
  • Diet – Men who consume high levels of fat are more likely not only to develop prostate cancer but also to develop a more aggressive form of the disease. We recommend adoption of a heart healthy diet with a focus on including vegetables and fruit with every meal.
  • Lifesyle – Stress and lack of exercise can be the cause of many common diseases. We recommend maintaining a routine of regular exercise. It is also suggested that you work to identify and reduce the stress factors in your life.
  • Certain Prostate Changes – men with cells called high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) may be at increased risk for prostate cancer.
  • Certain Genome Changes – research suggests that the risk for prostate cancer many be linked to specific changes on particular chromosomes.
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
Remember, having a risk factor does not mean that one will develop prostate cancer. Most men with any of the above risk factors will still never develop this disease. Do your best to exercise on a regular basis, reduce the stress in your life and maintain a healthy diet.

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