Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths after lung cancer. But what are the odds that you’ll develop the disease? They could be much higher than you think.
How many men get cancer?
One in eight men in the U.K. and one in seven men in the U.S. will develop prostate cancer. However, if you’re a black man you have an even higher chance of developing the disease at one in four.
Is there an average age?
It’s rare for men under the age of 50 to develop prostate cancer, but it does happen. The average age of diagnosis is 66. The older a man gets, the higher his risk is of developing the disease. Doctors usually advise yearly PSA checks after the age of 50, or 45 if you’re black or there’s a family history of cancer.
Do genetics play a role?
Family history can play a part in increasing your chances of developing prostate cancer. If a close male relative (father, uncle, brother) has had the disease, you are two and half times more likely to develop prostate cancer. In addition, if close female family members have had breast cancer—particularly if it was due to BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes then this may also increase your risk.
Does weight matter?
Research has found that having a healthy body weight reduces your chances of getting prostate cancer and that being obese increases the risk of the disease. Prostate cancer patients who are overweight or obese are also more likely to suffer from more aggressive, faster spreading forms of the disease.
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