There are three risk factors for prostate cancer that far outweigh virtually all others. These three risk factors account for much of the risk that doctors have identified for prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer rates are high in men and increase with age. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer develops in the prostate — a small gland that makes seminal fluid. It is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Prostate cancer usually grows over time and in the beginning usually stays within the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm.
While some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.