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Risk Factor

Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (pcaw.org) has compiled information on the Risk Factor of developing prostate cancer. Take this test. Then, locate a free or low cost screening site near you and get an appointment.

Risk Factors
Points

Between 60 and 69 years of age

3

Between 70 and 79 years of age

4

Over 80 years of age

5

Smoker: 20 pack-years

2

Smoker: 21-40 pack-years

3

Smoker: more than 40 pack years

4

African-American

3

Diet high in red meat and animal fat

3

Vasectomy

2*

Single first-degree relative diagnosed with PC over age 60

3

Single first-degree relative diagnosed with PC before age 60

5

Two or more first-degree relatives diagnosed with PC over age 60

7

Two or more first-degree relatives diagnosed with PC before age 60

9

Total Points
Lifetime Risk of Prostate Cancer
0-4
Low
5-8
Moderate
9 or more
High

Source: Medical Tests that can Save Your Life by David Johnson, Ph.D., and David Sandmire, M.D. with Daniel Klein * Some studies have suggested that there may be a link between having a vasectomy and being at greater-than-average risk for developing PC. However, other studies have not supported this claim, and at present these findings are highly questionable.

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 The older men get, they are more likely to die with prostate cancer than from prostate cancer.



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