There are some factors that increase the risk of prostate cancer:
- A family history of prostate cancer increases the risk depending on the relationship to a relative with the disease. Men with prostate cancer should encourage their sons over the age of 40 to get checked.
- A family history of breast or colon (bowel) cancer.
- Higher in black males than in Caucasians and Asians. It is also lower in those who follow an Asian rather than a Western diet.
- High fat diets and a diet high in calcium and red meat.
Many men who develop prostate cancer have none of these risk factors.