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Prostate Cancer Risks Among Men

Whether it’s a distant relative or close friend, cancer has in some way affected nearly everyone. Worldwide, cancer takes the lives of 14 million people every year, and men are more likely to be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime (50 percent of men compared to 33 percent of women1).

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men affecting one in six men. If detected in its early stages, prostate cancer is highly treatable and most men go on to live normal, healthy lives after treatment and recovery. Critical to your wellbeing and health, is taking the guess work out of the equation and being aware of the risks.

Prostate Cancer Risks1:

  • The risk of developing prostate cancer increases as a man ages.
  • Sexual preferences and behavior are not risk factors for developing prostate cancer.
  • Men with a family history of prostate cancer (father, brother or uncle with prostate cancer) are at higher risk for developing prostate cancer.
  • African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer and are 60% more likely to develop the disease compared to Caucasian men.
  • Twice as many African Americans die from prostate cancer in comparison to Caucasians
  • African American men should consider a digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test annually beginning at the age of 40 and carefully track results each year; an increase within one year of 0.75 in a PSA score (or 25 percent or more) warrants further investigation
  • U.S. military veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam may have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer.

Information adapted from, Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network.

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