Prostate cancer may only occur when a man reaches the later stages of his life, but it is always best to know if the risk is high as early as possible! Studies show that about 80 percent of 80-year old men get prostate cancer cells and about one in 36 will die of the cancer.
Besides this fact, there are other factors that may contribute to your chances of acquiring prostate cancer, including the following:
- Age. This is the greatest risk factor of prostate cancer in men. This disease could occur after the age of 50 in the case of white men without any family history of prostate cancer and after the age 40 in black men and those who have a close relative who has the disease.
- Family history. Having relatives with the same type of cancer will put you at a high risk of acquiring the disease. It will also double if your father or brother has the condition. The risk increases when one or more family members are affected. In this situation, you will most likely need to be screened for prostate cancer starting the age of 40.
- Race. It has been discovered that prostate cancer affects African-American men about 60% more often than white Americans. Japanese and African men, on the other hand, have a low incidence of this disease.
There are other factors that can put you at risk for prostate cancer, so it is important to have regular checkups to detect and treat the condition as early as possible. Call (877) 605-2737 today to book an appointment with prostate cancer guru Dr. Sperling.