Risk Factors

Men with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop prostate cancer. A risk factor is something that may increase the chance of getting a disease. Having a risk factor doesn't necessarily mean that a man will develop prostate cancer. Most men who have risk factors never develop the disease.

Different cancers have different risk factors. Studies have found the following risk factors for prostate cancer. For some of these factors, the link to prostate cancer risk is not yet clear.