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Prostate cancer develops in the prostate. The organ is located just below the urethra and is a key part of the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers do not have an identifiable cause, but they have discovered many factors that raise risks of developing the disease. Because it's a leading type of cancer in many countries, it's essential to understand the risk factors.

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1. Excess weight

A significant proportion of prostate cancer patients are overweight. While the general public defines who is overweight by appearance, doctors use an objective measure called body mass index (BMI). They categorize people with a BMI of between 25-30 as overweight and those with a BMI of more than 30 as obese. There is a broad consensus that being overweight is unhealthy but these studies show the extent it actually can pose a real threat to life.

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