Risk Factors


There is no one or clear reason why someone gets prostate cancer. There are also very few risk factors for getting it. The one that is most widely known is a family history, or genetic predisposition. However, most men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have no family history at all. In addition, African American men have a higher risk over Caucasian American men in developing prostate cancer, and African American men of Caribbean descent have an even higher risk, while various other nationalities and races have lower risks.

Information for this section was graciously provided by the physicians and staff of Advanced Radiation Centers of New York. For further information on prostate cancer, please visit the ARC website.