Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
by Monica Zangwill, MD, MPH
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.
Some factors cannot be controlled, such as age or ethnicity. In general, prostate cancer risk increases in men starting at age 50 years old, and is mainly found in men over 65 years old. Prostate cancer rates are higher in African American men.
Other factors that may increase the chance of prostate cancer include:
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Last reviewed September 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 4/12/2017
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