No man wants to hear those 3 little words from their doctor “You Have Cancer”. So, one of the best things you can do is to understand your personal risk factors.
Risk factors are anything that affects your chances of getting the disease such as family history, smoking or being overweight.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2015 are:
About 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer.
About 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer.
The Major Prostate Cancer Risks Are:
Prostate cancer tends to run in families with the odds rising to 1 in 3 if your family has a strong history with the illness. If your father or brother had the disease, especially if they were under 55 years of age, this can as much as double your chances of getting it yourself.
About 60% of the prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men over the age of 65 and the disease is rather rare in men below the age of 40.
Race – Ethnicity
Prostate cancer occurs most often in men of African descent whether they live in the United States or in the Caribbean. African- American males are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as Caucasian counterparts. The disease occurs least frequently in both Asian-American and Hispanic men and the reasons for this are still unknown at this time.