Prostate Cancer Risk Factors & Prevention

Facts about Prostate Cancer

  • Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men
    • It is estimated that 8,550 new prostate cancers will be diagnosed in Georgia in 2021 alone
  • About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime
  • Prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men and in non-Hispanic Black men
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men
  • About 1 in 41 men will die of prostate cancer
  • Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it
    • It is estimated that more than 3.1 million men in the United States with a prostate cancer diagnosis are still alive today

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors:

  • Aging
  • Being African-American and/or of Caribbean descent
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • Genetic mutation

Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines:

  • Discuss with your physician to see if a baseline PSA test and/or digital rectal examination is beneficial to you