Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition. It is possible to develop prostate cancer with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing prostate cancer. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk. Factors that increase the risk for prostate cancer:
AgeAfter 50 years old, the risk of developing prostate cancer increases; for this reason, men over 50 should have an annual PSA test to screen for the development of prostate cancer. The majority of prostate cancers are seen in men over age 65.
Race and EthnicityIn the US, African Americans have higher rates of developing prostate cancer. They are also more likely than Caucasian men to die from prostate cancer.
High-Fat DietGood nutrition is essential for health and well-being. Studies have found an association between diets high in fat and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Lack of ExerciseLiving a sedentary lifestyle may put you at greater risk for prostate cancer, while studies have found that exercising regularly may reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Family HistoryHaving a father or brother with prostate cancer increases your risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Chemical ExposureExposure to an herbicide known as Agent Orange has been associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. You may have been exposed to this herbicide if you served in the armed forces, especially during the Vietnam War when the herbicide was used to clear vegetation.
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