A risk is anything that makes
you more likely to get a particular disease. Being older than 50 is the main
prostate cancer. About 6 out of 10 new prostate
cancers are diagnosed in men who are 65 and older.3
Your chances of getting the disease are higher
if other men in your family have had it. Your risk is doubled if your father or
brother developed prostate cancer. Your risk also depends on the age at which your relative was diagnosed. Most
men who get prostate cancer have no family history of the disease.
men and Jamaican men of African descent have a greater chance of developing the
kind of prostate cancer that grows and spreads. Researchers are not sure why
there is a difference in disease and death rates among different races. Some
experts think there may be a genetic link.4
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 30, 2014
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