Sperling Prostate Center

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

While the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are increasing in number each year, survival rates are looking really good. This is highly attributed to the rapid advancements in the detection and treatment of this type of cancer. Dr. Dan Sperling, a prostate cancer specialist, has the combination of expertise, knowledge, and warmth that only a few specialists have. So what exactly causes prostate cancer? Read on below.

 DNA Changes in the Prostate Cells

By and large, the cause of prostate cancer is relatively unknown. However,  like all types of cancer, prostate cancer is brought about by the changes in the DNA of the prostate cells. The DNA in every cell in your body holds the “instructions” as to how the cells will behave. Cancer occurs because the DNA starts to abnormally grow and tends to destroy neighboring cells.

Risk Factors

As mentioned earlier, the cause of prostate cancer is unknown. Yet, scientists and doctors have identified certain risk factors which could likely result to prostate cancer. They are the following:

  • Age, race, and ethnicity – Every two out of three cases of prostate cancer are recorded in men who are 65 years old and above. Prostate cancer is rare amongst men who are below 40 years old. When it comes to ethnicity, prostate cancer tends to occur in African-American men than Asian-Americans and Hispanics. Lastly, there have been a lot of cases of prostate cancer amongst men in North America, Australia, Europe, and Caribbean islands.

  • Family History– It has been found out that prostate cancer tends to run in families. So if you’ve got a grandfather or father who had the condition, you are most likely to have it, too. The risk is higher in men who had younger relatives affected with the condition.

  • Diet – Several studies suggest that diet plays a major role in the development of prostate cancer. A high-fiber diet is shown to prevent prostate cancer while diets made up of processed food sources, dairy, and red meat has been shown to increase one’s risk.

Other identified risk factors (but no solid evidence yet) include obesity, smoking, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment

Dan Sperling, MD is a premier authority and pioneer in the use of MRI-Guided prostate imaging. His groundbreaking work at The Sperling Prostate Center represents a new paradigm in both the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Call us now at 877-605-2737 or fill out this contact form to request a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!


About Dr. Dan Sperling

Dan Sperling, MD, DABR, is a board certified radiologist who is globally recognized as a leader in multiparametric MRI for the detection and diagnosis of a range of disease conditions. As Medical Director of the Sperling Prostate Center, Sperling Medical Group and Sperling Neurosurgery Associates, he and his team are on the leading edge of significant change in medical practice. He is the co-author of the new patient book Redefining Prostate Cancer, and is a contributing author on over 25 published studies. For more information, contact the Sperling Prostate Center.

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