Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men, with roughly 1 in 8 receiving a diagnosis in their lifetime. Thankfully, it can be treated with a high likelihood of survival if diagnosed early, making it especially important for men to be aware of the risk factors. Knowing the factors that put you at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer helps you determine a plan for screening.
Remember, it is possible to develop cancer while not having any risk factors at all, and having risk factors doesn't guarantee you will develop cancer.
Researchers have found several factors that are uncontrollable and may increase a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer.
There are also some risk factors related to your lifestyle that may increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. These lifestyle habits may have a connection to men getting a more aggressive type of prostate cancer and include the following:
The specific cause of prostate cancer is not yet known. But we know that mutations in a normal prostate cell’s DNA can cause the cell to grow uncontrollably. The cause of these mutations can be from an inherited gene in some cases. Studying both the DNA changes in prostate cells and the risk factors will continue to help cancer researchers learn more about how prostate cells become cancerous.
There is no guaranteed way to prevent prostate cancer. There are, however, a few things you can do that may lower your risk of getting the disease, which include: