As of today there is no single cause for prostate cancer therefore, a prevention strategy has yet to be developed. For this reason, education and awareness for prostate cancer is ever so vital for men and the wives, children, siblings, families and friends of men dealing with prostate cancer. Being knowledgeable and aware of all the risk factors of prostate cancer and taking any necessary action to maintain or improve health through diet and exercise are extremely important. Yearly screening for prostate cancer is highly advised because, if detected early, the chances of removing it increases.

Please review the four major factors that can influence a man’s risk for developing prostate cancer so that you may better understand whether you are at risk:

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

These are factors men are born into so they are impossible to change apart from geography. Regardless, there are various things men can do to help decrease the likelihood that they will develop prostate cancer. Please visit the ‘Men’s Health Tips’ section for more information on how to help prevent prostate cancer.

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    The older you are the more likely you are to develop prostate cancer. This however does not mean you should wait to get tested.

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    African-American men are most likely to develop prostate cancer while Asian men living in Asia are least likely to develop prostate cancer.

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    Men with one or more family members who have a history of prostate cancer are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer. This risk only increases with each additional blood relative diagnosed with prostate cancer so for a man in this situation it is never too early to get tested.

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    When people from continents such as Europe and Asia move closer to and become further ingrained into western culture, their risk for developing prostate cancer increases significantly. Sunlight or lack there of can even factor in as men who live north of 40 degrees latitude have the highest risk for developing and dying of prostate cancer than anywhere else in the United States.

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