Prostate cancer: who is most at risk?

21 July 2022

Prostate cancer accounts for 27% of all new cancer cases in males in the UK, with around 52,300 new diagnoses each year.

Black men have a higher risk of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer risk is higher in Black males compared with White or Asian males. Black males in the UK have a 1 in 4 chance of getting prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Family history

Taking a family history of prostate cancer is important. Key points to remember:

  • A man is more likely to get prostate cancer if he has a first or second-degree relative who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Having a first degree relative with breast cancer may also indicate an increased risk due to the relationship with BRCA gene

Age

Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and the risk increases as you get older.

Healthcare professionals can access the ‘Prostate Cancer – Early Diagnosis’ course when they log in or register for a free GatewayC account.

This course will support you to:

  • Appraise which patients are most at risk of prostate cancer
  • Identify the different ways in which prostate cancer can present
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of PSA tests for asymptomatic men
  • Increase understanding of genomics factors relating to prostate cancer

Find out more:

  • Access GatewayC’s ‘Prostate Cancer – Early Diagnosis’ course here
  • Read Cancer Research UK’s statistics ‘Prostate cancer risks’ here
  • Read the BJC’s article ‘Differences in cancer incidence by broad ethnic group in England, 2013–2017’ here

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