The causes of prostate cancer are not well understood. However, studies show that some risk factors can increase a man's risk of developing it.
A prostate risk factor may be any of the following:
Being older than 55 is a prostate cancer risk factor. The average age of patients at the time of diagnosis is 70.
Having a father or brother with the disease is a prostate cancer risk factor.
Being African American is another prostate cancer risk factor. Prostate cancer is less common in white, Asian and American Indian men.
Eating high-fat foods may increase your risk of getting prostate cancer.
A diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease your prostate cancer risk. Learn more about diet and disease.
Health's Patient Education Department, Prostate Cancer, can-ahc-14188
Lisa Hiedeman, RN coordinator, Virginia Piper Cancer
Institute Prostate Cancer Program and Heather Christie, RN coordinator,
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program