Prostate cancer is a major cause for concern in men, as it is the most prevalent non-skin type cancer in the United States. Several demographic levels influence a male’s risk of developing prostate cancer. The baseline demographic is age; diagnosis rates increase in males as age increases. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, only 1 in 10,000 men under the age of 40 are diagnosed with prostate cancer. This number vaults to 1 in 38 men for ages 40-59, and further leaps to 1 in 14 men for ages 60-69.
While age is an important risk factor for prostate cancer, family history is another element that should be monitored. The Prostate Cancer Foundation says that a man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop the disease himself.
Another demographic level to consider is race. A recent article published in the New York Times titled Prostate Cancer Isn’t Colorblind says that prostate cancer poses an immense risk to African Americans in particular. Statistically, African Americans have both the highest frequency of developing prostate cancer and the highest mortality rate among ethnic groups in the United States. 1 in 6 African-American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 23 will lose their battle with the disease. This mortality rate is 2.4 times higher than the overall population.
Lannis Hall, Arnold Bullock, Angela Brown, and Graham Colditz, authors of the New York Times article, recommend that doctors and patients discuss the risks and benefits of the prostate-specific antigen test, a blood test that measures protein secreted by prostate tissue. These discussions should begin at age 45 for African American men, and at even younger ages for men with a family history of prostate cancer.
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