Prostate Cancer - Causes

The cause of prostate cancer is not known. It is found primarily in men over the age of fifty-five. The average age of diagnosis is seventy-two. As men grow older, their likelihood of getting prostate cancer increases. For men under the age of forty, the chance of getting prostate cancer is about 1 in 100,000. For men seventy to seventy-four years old, the chance rises to 1,326 in 100,000.

Certain factors increase a man's risk for prostate cancer. These factors include:

  • A family history of prostate cancer
  • A high-fat diet
  • Work in the electroplating, welding, and rubber industries
  • High blood testosterone (a male sex hormone) levels

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