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Genitourinary Oncology Program

Patient and Family Education

Prostate Cancer

Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that may increase a person's chance of developing a disease. 

It may be a behavior such as smoking or diet, or it may be an issue that one cannot control, such as family history, race, or age. 

Although risk  factors can increase a person's risk of developing a disease, they do not necessarily cause the disease. Some people with risk factors never develop cancer, while others develop cancer and have no known risk factors.

In general, all men are at risk for prostate cancer, but there are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood that certain men will develop the disease.  These include the following:

This page was last updated on: October 6, 2009.