Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer). Prostate cancer will kill more than 27,500 of our fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers this year, and more than 220,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it this year.
Prostate cancer is found mainly in older men. Although the number of men with prostate cancer is large, most men diagnosed with this disease do not die from it. Age, race, and family history of prostate cancer can affect the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Risk factors for prostate cancer include the following:
• Being 50 years of age or older.
• Being African American.
• Having a brother, son, or father who had prostate cancer.
• Eating a diet high in fat or drinking alcoholic beverages.
Most prostate cancers are first found during screening with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and or a digital rectal exam. Early prostate cancers usually don’t cause symptoms, but more advanced cancers are sometimes first found because of symptoms they cause.