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JUN 13th 2014

Who Is At Risk For Prostate Cancer?

JUN 13th 2014
Who Is At Risk For Prostate Cancer?

As Men’s Health Week winds down this June, and Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to share some key facts and statistics about one of the most common types of cancer in men.

Here are the numbers and risk factors for prostate cancer:

Prostate Cancer Numbers and Statistics

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of male cancer in America – topped only by lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), this year about 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is largely an older men’s disease – though younger men can get it too. About 6 out of 10 cases are diagnosed in men over 65 (the average age of diagnosis is around 66). This type of cancer is rare in men under age 40.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 1 in every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Today, there are around 2.5 million American men alive who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime.

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), some prostate cancer risk factorsare built-in – you’re just born with them and they can’t be changed. However, many more of the risk factors are health and lifestyle choices that you can fix, such as these tips here.

Race and country: African-American men have the highest risk of prostate cancer, and Asian men living in Asia have the lowest risk. The risk of prostate cancer is highest for men who live in the United States (17%) and lowest for men in rural China (2%). When Chinese men move to America, their risk goes up.

Geography: Men who live in U.S. cities north of 40 degrees latitude (for instance, north of Columbus, OH, Philadelphia, PA or Provo, UT) have the highest risk of dying from prostate cancer of men anywhere in America. Cities this far north don’t have adequate sunlight, and low vitamin D levels can contribute to prostate cancer.

Family history: If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, you are 2X as likely to contract the disease.

Smoking: It’s important to note that prostate cancer isn’t the only type of cancer you can get from tobacco. But, if you quit smoking, your risk factors for cancer go way down.

And, to help men prevent cancer, read about these cancer fighting foods for guys and 6 prostate cancer prevention tips here.

(Infographic image via Cleveland Clinic.)