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Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Are you at risk for prostate cancer? If you are a man, you have a 1 in 6 chance you will develop prostate cancer at some point during your lifetime, with the odds increasing as you grow older. It's imperative you are checked for prostate cancer on a regular basis.

Your doctor at Family Physicians Group will provide you with a no-cost screening.

According the Prostate Cancer Foundation, here are the primary risk factors for prostate cancer:

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. But who is most at risk of getting prostate cancer and why?

There are several major factors that influence risk, and some of them unfortunately cannot be changed.

Age: The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although only 1 in 10,000 men under age 40 will be diagnosed, the rate shoots up to 1 in 38 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69.

In fact, more than 65% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. The average age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in the United States is 69 years. After that age, the chance of developing prostate cancer becomes more common than any other cancer in men or women.

Race: African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease. Conversely, Asian men who live in Asia have the lowest risk.

Family history/genetics: A man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop the disease. This risk is further increased if the cancer was diagnosed in family members at a younger age (less than 55 years of age) or if it affected three or more family members.

Where you live: For men in the U.S., the risk of developing prostate cancer is 17%. For men who live in rural China, it’s 2%. However, when Chinese men move to the western culture, their risk increases substantially.

Men who live in cities north of 40 degrees latitude (north of Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, OH, and Provo, UT, for instance) have the highest risk for dying from prostate cancer of any men in the United States. This effect appears to be mediated by inadequate sunlight during three months of the year, which reduces vitamin D levels.

Get Screened for Prostate Cancer

All men over 50 years of age should talk to their doctors about being screened for prostate cancer. Preventative screenings are imperative for early detection, when cancer and disease is the most preventable. For more information call 1.866.999.3741 or schedule your appointment with FPG today.

FPG Seniors Club goers and and anyone interested in learning about prostate cancer are invited our Prostate Awareness Day event! Dates and times are different for each, club so go to the events page or see the calendar of events. There will be bingo, food and prostate health-related information.

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