Cancer (Oncology)

Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

Risk factors are traits that put people at risk of developing cancer.

Age
Although prostate cancer can strike at any time, the risk of developing the disease increases with age. Men over 65 represent two-thirds of all cases.

Race
For reasons unknown, African-Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to develop prostate cancer. Asians and American Indians have the lowest incidence.

Family History
A family history of prostate cancer can raise a person’s risk. This is especially true if the disease has hit several relatives or developed before age 60. Some men could benefit from genetic counseling to assess their risk for cancer.

Nutrition
Studies suggest a diet rich in vegetables may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, while a high-fat diet may increase the odds of contracting the disease.

Learn more about risk factors for prostate cancer. See Health Library >>

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