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Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 220,800 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, resulting in an estimated 27,540 deaths. 

Risk Factors

It is possible to develop prostate cancer with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing prostate cancer. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

Age

After 50 years old, the risk of developing prostate cancer increases. However, the majority of prostate cancers are seen in men over age 65.

Race and Ethnicity

In the U.S., African Americans have higher rates of developing prostate cancer. They are also more likely than Caucasian men to die from prostate cancer.

High-Fat Diet    

Good nutrition is essential for health and well-being. Studies have found an association between diets high in fat and an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Lack of Exercise  

Living a sedentary lifestyle may put you at greater risk for prostate cancer, while studies have found that exercising regularly may reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

Family History   

Having a father or brother with prostate cancer increases your risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Chemical Exposure   

Exposure to an herbicide known as Agent Orange has been associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. You may have been exposed to this herbicide if you served in the armed forces, especially during the Vietnam War when the herbicide was used to clear vegetation.