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Risk factors for prostate cancer

November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Men’s Health month. In memory of my dear grandfather who passed away from this illness, I will publish one post every Tuesday on the topic of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.

This week, I’d like to write about the known risk factors when it comes to getting prostate cancer. Here is a list:

Age: Prostate cancer is rare in men under 40 but increases drastically after 50. 6 out of 10 men who get this cancer are over 65.

Family history: Men with a brother or father with prostate cancer have a more than doubled risk of getting the illness. The more relatives you have who develop prostate cancer, the more likely you are to be affected. Especially if the cancers happened before the age of 50.

Ethnicity: African-American men and Caribbean men of African descent are more likely to develop the illness and are also more likely to get it at a younger age.

Geography: Prostate cancer is most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia, and on Caribbean islands. It is less common in Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America. The reason for this is not clear.

Learn more about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues at the Movember Foundation’s website.

But it is important to remember that even without any of these risk factors, prostate cancer can still develop. Make sure to get regular check-ups and watch out for warning signs.


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