Am I at risk of prostate cancer?

While any man can develop prostate cancer, you may be at a high risk if you are…

Over 50: Age is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer. Your risk increases as you get older. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50, and the majority of cases are diagnosed in men over age 65. Prostate Cancer Canada recommends that men should discuss getting a PSA test with their doctor when they are 50. If you think you are at higher than average risk, you should consider having this discussion earlier.

Have a family history of prostate cancer: Your risk is higher if a first-degree relative (father or brother) has had prostate cancer. Your risk increases with each additional first-degree relative who has the disease.

Black men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than men in the general population.

Overweight: Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet are important to overall well-being.

More information about prostate cancer diagnosis can be found here.


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Last Reviewed: January 2019

 

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