Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. Over 19,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia in 20191. New testing and analysis technology means more men are able to have their cancer detected early. While a diagnosis requires clinical testing, these risk factors that can increase a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer.

Risk Factor 1: Age

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. Over 19,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia in 20191. New testing and analysis technology means more men are able to have their cancer detected early. While a diagnosis requires clinical testing, these risk factors that can increase a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer.

Risk Factor 2: Race

While the exact genetic causes of prostate cancer are not yet known, men of African descent are known to have an increased risk of prostate cancer3. Men of African descent or mixed race including African descent should inform their clinician of this fact when discussing prostate cancer testing.

Risk Factor 3: Family History

Family history and genetics can play a big role in a man’s risk of prostate cancer. Having a father or brother who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer will more than double your risk. This makes testing for these men even more important. Having more than one can increase your risk even further.

Having a mother or sister with breast cancer can also increase your risk. Those men who had a brother or father die of prostate cancer younger than 60 have an even greater increased risk.

Men with a family history should consider regular testing. They should also ensure they are working with a expert clinician who understands the influence of family history on prostate cancer.

What to do if you are at risk?

Prostate cancer is common. It will effect 1 in 6 men in their lifetime. Even with an increased risk, early detection is possible. Discussing your risk factors with an expert clinician is the best path to early detection.

Maxwell Plus allows men to connect with an expert doctor who will help design you a personalized testing pathway. Click Here to Get Started.

If you do not live in a country in which Maxwell Plus is available, consider discussing these risk factors with your general practitioner.