(HealthDay News) -- Only about 5 percent to 10 percent of
prostate cancer cases can be attributed to cell changes that men
inherit from their parents, the American Cancer Society says.
The remaining cases can be traced to cell changes that occur
during a man's lifetime.
What increases a man's chances of undergoing those cell changes
and developing prostate cancer? The ACS offers this list of risk
- The primary risk factor is being older than age 65; about two
of every three cases of prostate cancer occur in men of this age
- Being of African-American descent, although the reasons for
this risk factor aren't understood.
- Also for reasons that aren't clear, living in North America or
- Having a family history of prostate cancer.
- Eating a diet rich in red meat and high-fat dairy products. Men
who eat this way also tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables.
- Being obese.
- Not getting enough exercise.
- Being a smoker.
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