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.

Reduce 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.