Am I at Risk for Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting about 1 in 7 men.1


Although prostate cancer can be serious, most men diagnosed with the disease will not die from it. In fact, nearly 3 million Americans diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime are still alive today.1

Three main factors that may affect your risk of developing prostate cancer include:


  • Your risk for prostate cancer significantly increases with age
  • The average age of diagnosis is 69 years1
  • More than two-thirds of all prostate cancer is diagnosed in men age 65 or higher1

Family History

  • If prostate cancer runs in your family, you may have a higher chance of diagnosis – especially if the disease affected your father or brother
  • This family-related risk increases if your family member(s) were diagnosed at a younger age (less than 55), or if three or more family members were diagnosed with prostate cancer


  • African-American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry have a higher risk of prostate cancer diagnosis
  • Learn more about how race may affect your risk

While there is no proven way to prevent prostate cancer, there may be things you can do to lower your risk. Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of developing prostate cancer.

1 American Cancer Society;

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