Prostate cancer is one of the most common male cancers, though many men are unaware of the factors that put them at risk. While it is important to get checked regularly, you may want to increase the frequency of your screening appointments depending on whether you have any of these risk factors.
Obesity. Are you overweight or obese? Research has shown a strong link between the presence of excess body fat and an increased risk of prostate cancer, as well as ten other cancers. Try easing yourself onto a healthy, balanced diet and incorporating more exercise into your daily routine in order to help reduce your risk.
Age. Aging also increases your risk of developing prostate cancer, the most common form of the disease affecting men over 70 that does not involve the skin. That does not mean that men under 70 are in the clear, and regular screenings are important for maintaining your health. (Regain some of your youth and live a better, healthier life!)
Family history. If members of your family have been diagnosed with prostate cancer – whether it is your father, brother, or grandfather – you are at an increased risk of developing the condition. This risk increases further if the affected relative developed prostate cancer at a younger age.
Height. Believe it or not, your height also plays a role in your likelihood of having prostate cancer. Previous research has found a positive correlation between height and the risk of prostate cancer, meaning taller men are more likely to develop the disease than their shorter peers.
Were you aware of these risk factors? Do you have one or more of them? Stay informed about your health and ensure you are screened regularly by your physician to help reduce your risk of prostate cancer.