Causes of Prostate Cancer

Causes of Prostate Cancer

Very little is currently known about the causes of prostate cancer, but certain factors are known to increase a man’s chance of developing the disease. These are called risk factors.

Age, ethnicity, and a family history of cancer (particularly prostate, breast and ovarian cancer) have been established as major prostate cancer risk factors. Other environmental factors, such as diet, hormones and sexually transmitted diseases, have been linked to a risk of prostate cancer, but, at present, research into the role these factors play in prostate cancer development is incomplete. In this section a summary of some of the latest scientific knowledge of prostate cancer risk factors has been provided, including a brief discussion of inherited predisposition to prostate cancer; this is covered in more detail in the Genetics and cancer section.

Age
Ethnicity
Environmental factors
Family History of Cancer/Genetic Predisposition
Hormones