Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
The BRCA gene, may also be found in men. Men who carry this mutation, may increase their risk of prostate cancer, and breast cancer. (komen.org) The incidence of prostate cancer increases drastically with increasing age. It is very rare to see prostate cancer before age 50. With regard to family history, it is estimated that 15 percent of men with prostate cancer have a brother or father (first-relative) that had prostate cancer as well. Risk of prostate cancer is higher among blacks and lowest among Japanese (whites in the middle). A number of studies have also reported higher levels of DHT and testosterone among blacks, and lowest among Japanese. These hormone levels are essential to normal prostatic development. The risks for developing prostate cancer directly parallel the race and androgen levels. Your risk may also increase with high fat diets, especially animal/saturated fats. There have been many studies that illustrate this correlation. Possible explanations; dietary fat increases serum androgen levels, and fatty acids (linoleic acid, omega 6) may initiate prostate cell growth, while omega 3 fatty acids inhibit cell growth. (www.nci.nih.gov) National Cancer Institute.
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