The Importance of Prostate Cancer Testing: Know Your Number
Background: Overview of Prostate Cancer What are the Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?

risk factors

The most important risk factors for prostate cancer are age (risk increases substantially after age 50), race (more common in men of African or Caribbean descent) and family history.1 Family history typically refers to a history of prostate cancer in a close relative (i.e., brother or father), although statistics also show a trend towards increased risk among men with second-degree relatives (e.g., uncles, cousins) with a history of prostate cancer.2