Movember - Prostate Cancer
Who is at risk?
In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. We don’t know exactly what causes prostate cancer but there are some things that they may mean you are more likely to get it- these are called risk factors.
There are three main risk factors for getting prostate cancer, which are things you cant change. These are:
- Getting older- it mainly affects men aged 50 or over
- Having a family history of prostate cancer
- Being black
If you have any of these risk factors or if you have any symptoms, speak to your GP. They can talk to you about your risk, and about the tests that are used to diagnose prostate cancer.
Family History and genetics
Your family history is information about any health probloems that have affected your family. Families have many common factors, such as their genes, environment and lifestyle. Together, these factors can help suggests if you are more likely to get some health conditions.
Is prostate cancer hereditary?
If people in your family have prostate cancer or breast cancer, it might increase your own risk of getting prostate cancer. This is because you may have inherited the same faulty genes.
My Father had prostate cancer. What are my risks?
- You are two and half times more likely to get protate cancer if your Father or Brother has had it, compared to a man who has relatives with prostate cancer.
- Your chance of getting prostate cancer may be even greater if your Father or Brother was under 60 when he was diagnosed, or if you have more than one close relative (Father or Brother) with prostate cancer.
- Your risk of getting prostate cancer may also be higher if your Mother or Sister has had breast cancer.
Although prostate cancer can run in families, having a family history doesn’t mean you get it. But it’s important to speak to your GP if you have any relatives with prostate cancer or breast cancer, as your risk of hereditary prostate cancer may be higher.
Being overweight may increase your risk o9f being diagnosed with prostate cancer that’s aggressive (more likely to spread) or advanced (cancer that has spread outside the prostate). Easting healthily and keeping active can help you stay a health weight.
Prostate cancer that contained inside the prostate (called localised prostate cancer doesn’t usually cause any symptoms. That’s why it important to know about your risk.
Across the UK
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
- More than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year- that’s 129 men every day
- Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – that;s more than 11,500 men every year
- 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
- More than 40,00 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England
- More than 900 men die from prostate cancer every year in