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What causes prostate cancer?

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Doctors don't know what causes prostate cancer, but diet contributes to the risk. Men who eat lots of fat from red meat are most likely to have it.

Hormones also play a role. Eating fats boosts the testosterone in the body, and testosterone speeds the growth of prostate cancer.

There are cancer-related job hazards. Welders, battery makers, rubber workers, and workers frequently exposed to cadmium seem to be more likely to get prostate cancer.

Not exercising also makes prostate cancer more likely.

SOURCES: 

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

National Library of Medicine. 

National Prostate Cancer Coalition. 

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on January 27, 2020

SOURCES: 

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

National Library of Medicine. 

National Prostate Cancer Coalition. 

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on January 27, 2020

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