One out of every nine men in the U.S. receives a diagnosis for prostate cancer during their lifetime, though the disease is rarely fatal, and the majority of men experience no symptoms in the early stages. This type of cancer is usually slow-growing, and doctors often discover and diagnose it following routine physical exams or screenings.
Research highlights several risk factors that may increase the chances of developing prostate cancer, though researchers stress that meeting this criteria does not necessarily mean one will develop the condition. Men over 50 are at greater risk, and most diagnoses come after age 65. Men with a brother or father diagnosed with prostate cancer and those of African American and Caribbean descent are more likely to develop the condition. Men residing in North America, Australia, northwestern Europe, and the Caribbean Islands are also at greater risk.
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