What are the chances?
Prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 U.S. men. If caught and treated early there is a high survival rate.
- Frequent urination at night
- Burning or pain during urination
- Blood in urine
- Difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while urinating
- Loss of bladder control
- Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream
Several inherited gene changes seem to raise prostate cancer risk, but
they probably account for only a small percentage of cases overall. For example:
- Men with Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer, or HNPCC), a condition caused by inherited gene changes, have an increased risk for a number of cancers, including prostate cancer. BRCA genes have also been implicated.
- Family history is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer. About 5 to 10 percent of all prostate cancers diagnosed are hereditary, meaning that an increased risk for the disease runs in the family.
- Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle
- High calcium intake
- African-American race
- Family history
- Agent Orange exposure
- Tall height