Article published on 6th June 2008
Prostate cancer, like most cancers, is caused by the uncontrolled and otherwise 'disorderly' growth of cells in and on the prostate gland. In the majority of cases this is a slow developing cancer and so victims may not notice any symptoms for quite some time and so chances of diagnosis can be slim, unless you go for a specific prostate examination.
Some men, however, have a faster growing cancer that quickly moves beyond the prostate to other parts of the body, creating secondary and even tertiary cancers.
Risk factors include a man's age, as most men diagnosed with prostate cancer are aged 50 and above. Also, men are more than two and a half times more likely to develop prostate if another male family member has been diagnosed as having it.. This risk goes up even higher if the relative was under 60 years old when diagnosed.
Ethnicity is another factor, with Afro-Caribbean men being 3 times more likely than Caucasian men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although medical researchers are still uncertain why this may be, diet and genes thought to play a significant role.
While on the topic of diet, if one consumes a high level of saturated animal fats and red meat it is likely that this is a contributing factor to contracting prostate cancer. By cutting down on the amount of animal fat in our diets and consuming more fruits and vegetables we can both lower the chances of developing prostate cancer and also inhibit its spread if we do have it.
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