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Prostate Cancer Foundation Describes Risk Factors

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Prostate Cancer Foundation
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Served the Christiana Care Health System as its executive director of development, Andrew Pack previously held a similar position with the Variety Club of Philadelphia. During his tenure, Andrew Pack earned the Fiscal Excellence Award given by the Variety Club’s national headquarters.

He supports many community causes, among them the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), whose mission is to enhance research into prostate cancer. The PCF has identified several risk factors associated with the disease.

Prostate cancer is most common among men over 60, with a 1 in 14 chance of occurrence. Men aged 30 to 59 have a 1 in 38 chance of developing the disease.

In addition to age, family history and genetics play a part. Having a brother or father with prostate cancer doubles the likelihood of developing the disease. If a family member was diagnosed before 55, or three family members have had the disease, the risk increases further.

Location also factors in to prostate cancer rates. Men as a whole in the United States have a 17 percent risk, while those living in rural China are at 2 percent. (This figure increases if the latter group moves to a Western nation.) Those living above 40 degrees north longitude have the greatest risk among Americans.

In recent years, scientists have identified two kinds of prostate cancer: low-risk and aggressive. For example, smoking and a lack of vegetables in the diet boost the chances of the aggressive variety, but not the low-risk disease. Being tall and sedentary, and having high levels of calcium also increase the likelihood of aggressive prostate cancer.