Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
Risk factors for prostate cancer include:
- age: Men 50 or older are at the greatest risk. Age is the most influential risk factor.
- family history: Your risk is higher with a family history (especially father, brother, son) of prostate cancer.
- race: African Americans have nearly twice the prostate cancer incidence of white men. It is less common among Asian or American Indian men.
- diet: A high-fat diet, particularly animal fats, may increase your risk. Diets high in fruits and vegetables are thought to decrease your risk.
- Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- Follow recommended screening guidelines
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain your ideal weight
Take the time to discuss your own risks with your health care provider who can best advise you on the screening exams and risk-reduction strategies that are right for you.