Irving, Texas – Nov 19, 2018 – Cancer of the prostate is a major health concern for all men. The disease is often rare before age 50, and it grows very slowly without exhibiting any symptoms until in an advanced stage. Most of the men with prostate cancer die of other causes without knowing they have the disease. When prostate cancer begins to be aggressive or spread, it becomes very dangerous. The cause of this disease is not known yet, but experts attribute various risk factors that aggravate the risks.
“Some of the risk factors of prostate cancer are out of our control and cannot be avoided,” explained Dr. Echt. “But other risk factors can be minimized by making certain lifestyle changes. The best we can do is to get educated on the disease and make the best decisions regarding our health.”
Here are the known risk factors for prostate cancer:
• Age – The chances of developing prostate cancer rise rapidly in men over the age of 50. Most cases of prostate cancer diagnosis are found in men who are older than 65.
• Race/ethnicity – Prostate cancer is more prevalent in men of African-American descent and Caribbean men of African ancestry than in other races. The African-American men are also highly likely to die of prostate cancer. The disease occurs less often in Hispanic/Latino and Asian-American men than in non-Hispanic whites. The reasons for these differences are not clear yet.
• Geography –Prostate cancer is known to be more common in North-western Europe, North America, Caribbean islands and Australia but less common in Africa, Asia, South and Central America. The reasons for this discovery are not clear either. More intensive screening in developed countries is probably the cause of these differences and other factors such as lifestyle (diet) differences contribute too.
• Gene changes – Some inherited gene changes raise the risk of prostate cancer even though they may account for a small percentage of the overall cases. Inherited mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes are known to raise the ovarian and breast cancer risk in some families, and the BRCA2 gene mutations may also increase the prostate cancer risk in men. Also, men with Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer) which is a condition from inherited gene changes, have an increased risk for several cancers, prostate cancer being one of them.
“Studies are underway to research ways to prevent prostate cancer,” continued Dr. Echt. “But right now regular screening for the disease is vital for maintaining your prostate health. Baseline PSA tests at age 40 should be considered, especially for men at high risk of prostate cancer.”
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