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How can family history affect your risk for prostate cancer?

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Men whose relatives have had prostate cancer are considered to be at high risk. Having a father or brother with the disease more than doubles your risk for prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Having a brother with prostate cancer appears to increase your risk more than having an affected father. That risk is even higher when there are multiple family members affected. Screening for prostate cancer should be started at age 40 in these men. Studies have identified several inherited genes that appear to increase prostate cancer risk. Experts estimate that the hereditary form of prostate cancer accounts for just 5% to 10% of all cases.

From: Prostate Cancer Risk Factors WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.
 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 26, 2019

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American Cancer Society.
 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 26, 2019

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