Health Risk Assessment: Evaluating Your Risk for Prostate Cancer

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How do I assess my risk for prostate cancer?

Health Risk Assessment: Evaluating Your Risk for Prostate Cancer

The prostate gland is responsible for manufacturing the fluid that mixes with sperm. It is a small gland, but it is causes 180,000 cases of prostate cancer among American men every year. It is also the most common type of cancer in American men.

In a health risk assessment for prostate cancer, the following factors increase your risk.

Age – Prostate cancer risk increases with age. In fact, more than 90 percent of prostate cancer cases are in men older than 55.

Height – Scientists have not determined why, but taller men are at higher risk for prostate cancer.

Diet – A diet too high in animal fat (more than 5 servings a day) increases your risk of prostate cancer.

Vasectomy – After a vasectomy, you are at a slightly higher risk of developing prostate cancer. The reason for this is unknown.

Family history – Prostate cancer is linked to DNA changes. Because this can be hereditary, if you have a father or brother with prostate cancer, your risk is higher.

Ethnicity- African American men are at the highest risk for prostate cancer of all ethnic groups. Asian men are at lowest risk.

   

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