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No matter your circumstances, having an open and frank discussion with your doctor about the risks of prostate cancer is one of the greatest tools of prevention.
The single largest risk factor for prostate cancer is age. Other risk factors include family history, genetics, race, and lifestyle.
There is evidence of a genetic predisposition to prostate cancer. Men who have a relative with prostate cancer are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Those chances increase when two or more family members are diagnosed. The risk is even greater if any relative is diagnosed with cancer before the age of 65.
African American men are 73% more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men. While there is no definitive reason why this is the case, researchers believe that it is due in part to less access to healthcare and insurance among the population.
Lifestyle plays a large role in a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, as well as his ability to fight it. Diets that are high in fat and processed carbohydrates have been linked to higher occurrences of cancer. Obese men have also been shown to have longer, more difficult recoveries, should they seek surgery.
Prostate cancer can be best managed when detected early. While you can’t change factors such as genetics and family history, by living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy diet, you can decrease your chances of developing prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should begin screening for prostate cancer. The US Preventative Services Task Force has made the following recommendations for PSA screening:
The American Cancer Society recommends discussions about screening should take place at the following milestones:
Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer? Insist on consulting with a Urologist and a Radiation Oncologist immediately and before you decide on a treatment plan. Call 309-451-2231 to schedule a consultation with a Radiation Oncologist.
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