Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
Doctors don’t completely understand the causes of prostate cancer, but they have identified several risk factors:
- Age: Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 40. The risk rises after age 50, and about 60 percent of cases occur in men over 65.
- Race and ethnicity: Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than in men of other races. White men are at greater risk of prostate cancer than Asian-American and Hispanic men.
- Family history: Prostate cancer seems to run in some families. Having a brother or father with prostate cancer more than doubles a man’s risk of developing the disease.
- Diet: Men with diets high in red meat and low in fruits and vegetables have a higher risk of prostate cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Trouble urinating, or the need to urinate more often, especially at night.
- Blood in the urine
- Trouble getting an erection