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Do only elderly men get prostate cancer?

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It’s rare for men under 40 to get prostate cancer. If you have concerns, ask your doctor if you should get tested earlier. Age isn’t the only factor. Others include:

Discuss your risks with your doctor so you can decide together when you should be tested.

  • Family history: If your father or brother had it, you could be two or three times more likely to get it. The more relatives you have with the disease, the greater your chances of getting it.
  • Race: African-American men are more likely to get it than anyone else. Scientists don’t know why.

From: Myths and Facts About This Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Key Statistics About Prostate Cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?"

American Urological Association: "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer: AUA Guideline."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Active Surveillance."

CDC: "Prostate Cancer Risk Factors."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Prostate Cancer Treatment."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Screening Guidelines: Prostate Cancer."

Michigan Cancer Consortium: "Managing Symptoms After Prostate Cancer: Sexual Side Effects."

Urology Care Foundation: "Prostate Cancer: Surgical Management."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Key Statistics About Prostate Cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?"

American Urological Association: "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer: AUA Guideline."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Active Surveillance."

CDC: "Prostate Cancer Risk Factors."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Prostate Cancer Treatment."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Screening Guidelines: Prostate Cancer."

Michigan Cancer Consortium: "Managing Symptoms After Prostate Cancer: Sexual Side Effects."

Urology Care Foundation: "Prostate Cancer: Surgical Management."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 18, 2018

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