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Cancer Tip of the Month (for October 2006) from Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa

Sept. 20, 2006

October 2006 Cancer Tip: Know The Risk Factors For Prostate Cancer

Anything that increases your chance of developing a disease is called a risk factor. Risk factors for prostate cancer in men are:

-- Age: The risk of developing prostate cancer increases as a man gets older.

-- Family: A man's risk is higher if his father or brother had prostate cancer.

-- Certain prostate changes: Men with cells called high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia may be at increased risk for prostate cancer.

-- Diet and lifestyle: A diet high in fat, especially animal fat, may be associated with increased risk of prostate cancer. A diet high in dairy products and calcium may be linked to an increased, although small, risk of prostate cancer. Additional studies are needed to determine these risks with more certainty.

-- Race: The risk of prostate cancer is dramatically higher among blacks, intermediate among whites and lowest among native Japanese. Increased risk may be due to other factors associated with race. Studies have shown a link between testosterone levels and prostate cancer risk. Black men on average have the highest levels of testosterone.

For more information about any cancer concern, contact the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa toll free at 800-237-1225 or Visit online at or in person at 200 Hawkins Drive, 4802 John Pappajohn Pavilion, Iowa City, Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

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