A risk factor makes the chances of getting a disease or health problem higher.
You can have prostate cancer with or without them. But the more you have, the greater the chances it can start.
You may not have control over some risks such as your age or race. For the most part, risk starts getting higher starting at 50 years old. But, it's mainly found in men over 65 years old. Rates are higher in Black men.
Your chances for are also higher for:
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Prostate cancer screening. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T113802/Prosta...cancer-screening. Updated October 18, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018.
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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