While we do not yet know what causes prostate cancer, we do know that there are risk factors for prostate cancer.
Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
Risk factors are anything that affects your chance of developing a disease whether it be heart disease, cancer or something else. For example, excessive exposure to the sun is a risk factor for skin cancer; smoking is a risk factor for lung disease and many cancers.
However, risk factors don’t tell us everything! Many people who have no risk factors develop cancer, while others who have one or more risk factors never develop cancer.
Diminish Your Risk
We don't yet completely understand the causes of prostate cancer, but researchers have found several factors that change the risk of getting it. For some of these factors, the link to prostate cancer risk is not yet clear. Studies suggest that a diet high in processed meat or dairy foods may be a risk factor. Obesity appears to increase the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Eating at least 2 ½ cups of fruit and vegetables daily, maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active are things you can do to reduce your risk.