When it comes to prostate cancer, it’s fair to say no man is safe. Especially as they get older. Yet some might find they are at higher risk than others. Sure there are some things you can control like diet. But heredity, not so much. Kind of frustrating isn’t it? So yeah, there are specific risk factors that explain why some fall prey to prostate cancer. Here are some of the more common ones.
Age: It’s no secret that age is the primary risk predictor. For one, almost no one under 40 has anything to fear here. It’s even unusual to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in your 40’s or 50’s. But when you hit 60 and above, well all bets are off. That when the symptoms and problems start to set in for many. Prostate cancer is like an active volcano that’s just dormant and waiting to erupt.
Family History: Prostate cancer logic is simple. If more than one close family member has had prostate cancer, the chance that you will get it is 1.5 to 3 times higher. So if there’s no case of prostate cancer in your family, you might consider yourself lucky.
Diet: Perhaps the most important lifestyle risk factor is poor diet. Although there is no evidence that a fatty diet can increase the risk of prostate cancer per se, there’s nothing wrong with eating healthy. This will reduce the risk of heart disease and other health conditions too.
Race: There have been studies done to see which race has a higher risk for prostate cancer. The results show that African-American men have a higher risk than Caucasians. They lead by 30%.
Obesity: Aside from the obvious problems it delays the detection of prostate cancer. This is because men who are overweight tend to have lower PSA levels than normal men. You see, PSA levels are one of the prime indicators of prostate cancer. Mess up ability to accurately read that and you mess up the chances for an accurate diagnosis.
So there you have it. A quick over view of the more common risk factors at play that will help you understand prostate cancer better. Whether you’re just reading this to pass the time, it would be helpful if you can pass and share the information. Who knows, you might save somebody’s life.