Risk factors

  • Age is the most significant risk factor – the older you are, the greater the risk. More than half of all prostate cancers diagnosed are in men over 70. It is quite rare in men under 50.
  • Family history - If your father or brother has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, your risk is up to twice as high compared to a man with no family history of the disease.
  • There might also be a higher chance of developing the disease if you have a relative who was under 60 when he was diagnosed.
  • Ethnic background - prostate cancer is more common in men with an African ethnicity and dark skin or mixed race men than white or Asian men.
  • Diet might affect your risk of developing prostate cancer. Research suggests a high intake of dairy products might increase your risk. There is also some evidence that an ingredient in tomatoes and soy products – lycopene – might lower the risk of prostate cancer developing.


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Monique Roobol
Risk Calculator Administrator


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