Causes of Prostate Cancer


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Cause details for Prostate Cancer: Some aspects of a man's lifestyle may affect his chances of developing prostate cancer. For example, some evidence suggests a link between diet and this disease. These studies show that prostate cancer is more common in populations that consume a high-fat diet (particularly animal fat), and in populations that have diets lacking certain nutrients. Although it is not known whether a diet low in fat will prevent prostate cancer, a low-fat diet may have many other health benefits.

Some research suggests that high levels of testosterone may increase a man's risk of prostate cancer. The difference between racial groups in prostate cancer risk could be related to high testosterone levels, but it also could result from diet or other lifestyle factors.

Researchers also are looking for changes in genes that may increase the risk for developing prostate cancer. They are studying the genes of men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer at a relatively young age (less than 55 years old) and the genes of families who have several members with the disease. Much more work is needed, however, before scientists can say exactly how changes in these genes are related to prostate cancer. Men with a family history of prostate cancer who are concerned about an inherited risk for this disease should talk with their doctor. The doctor may suggest seeing a health professional trained in genetics.1

Causes of Prostate Cancer: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Prostate Cancer:

Related information for causes of Prostate Cancer: Further relevant information on causes of Prostate Cancer may be found in the risk factors for Prostate Cancer and underlying causes of Prostate Cancer.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Prostate Cancer: NCI

Last revision: June 12, 2003

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