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Who Is at Risk for Prostate Cancer?

Photo of an African-American manAll men are at risk for prostate cancer, but African-American men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men.

All men are at risk for prostate cancer. Out of every 100 American men, about 13 will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, and about 2 to 3 men will die from prostate cancer.

The most common risk factor is age. The older a man is, the greater the chance of getting prostate cancer.

Some men are at increased risk for prostate cancer. You are at increased risk for getting or dying from prostate cancer if you are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer.

African-American Men

  • Are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men.
  • Are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than white men.
  • Get prostate cancer at a younger age, tend to have more advanced disease when it is found, and tend to have a more severe type of prostate cancer than other men.

Family History

  • Men who have a father, son, or brother who had prostate cancer are at increased risk for getting prostate cancer.
  • Men with three or more first-degree relatives (father, son, or brother), or two close relatives on the same side of the family who have had prostate cancer may have a type of prostate cancer caused by genetic changes that are inherited.

Men who are not African-American and do not have a family history of prostate cancer are at average risk.

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