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Risk Factors

The things that can increase a man's chance of developing prostate cancer are called risk factors. These include:

  • Age. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases as you grow older.
  • Family history. If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, your risk of developing it is higher.
  • Race. African American men are more likely than other men to develop prostate cancer. They are also more likely to die of prostate cancer than other men with this disease.