1 IN 7 MEN WILL DEVELOP PROSTATE CANCER
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the U.S. In the US about 180,00 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in 2016 and 26,000 deaths resulted from prostate cancer (1). Worldwide, prostate cancer is responsible for over 300,000 deaths every year. About 15,000 to 25,000 men in the US also present with prostate cancer annually because of recurrence after radiation therapy (2, 3). The causes of prostate cancer are not fully understood, but older age, family history of the disease and African-Caribbean race are known risk factors. Diet is also thought to play a
role, with research suggesting that high consumption of red and processed meat and low consumption of vegetables could increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. About 10 -15% of cancers are hereditary and run in families with multiple members being affected. A higher risk for breast cancer is noted in female siblings of men with prostate cancer.
1. CA Cancer Statistics 2017
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