Prostate Cancer Screening (cont.)
In this Article
- What is screening?
- What is prostate cancer?
- How common is prostate cancer?
- What are prostate cancer risk factors?
- What tests are used to screen for prostate cancer?
- What are the risks of prostate cancer screening tests?
- Where can people get more information about prostate cancer screening?
How common is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is the most common nonskin cancer among men in the United States.
Prostate cancer is found mainly in older men. Although the number of men with prostate cancer is large, most men diagnosed with this disease do not die from it. Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than in white men. African-American men with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white men with prostate cancer.
What are prostate cancer risk factors?
Age, race, and family history of prostate cancer can affect the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Anything that increases a person's chance of developing a disease is called a risk factor. Risk factors for prostate cancer include the following:
- Being 50 years of age or older.
- Being black.
- Having a brother, son, or father who had prostate cancer.
- Eating a diet high in fat or drinking alcoholic beverages.
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