After skin cancers, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. It occurs in the prostate, the small gland responsible for producing “the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm,” says the Mayo Clinic. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, approximately 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with the disease during their life.
But not all men have the same risk of developing prostate cancer. There are many different factors that can contribute to their likelihood of being affected by the disease—including these six.
A man’s age is among the primary risk factors for developing prostate cancer. The disease is quite rare in those under age 40, with only 1 in 10,000 being diagnosed.
But after age 40 the Prostate Cancer Foundation says “the rate shoots up to 1 in 39 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69,” with a whopping 60 percent of cases occurring in men over 65.