Harvard Men's Health Watch

Prostate cancer: What's your risk?

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Prostate cancer risk statistics can be misleading. Although 15% of American men will be diagnosed in their lifetimes with prostate cancer, 3% of all men will actually die because of the disease.

Age, family history, and race are the main influences.

If you read the health news regularly, you are probably familiar with the nonstop parade of studies claiming new risk factors for prostate cancer—things that mark a man as statistically more likely to develop the disease. The candidates range from eating dairy foods and drinking sugary beverages to being bald or (believe it or not!) driving a truck for a living.

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