Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Who is at risk?
In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some
point in their lives. Older men, men with a family history of
prostate cancer and Black men are more at risk.
See and share our
infographic on prostate cancer risk
Prostate cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50 and your
risk increases with age. The average age for men to be diagnosed
with prostate cancer is between 70 and 74 years. If you are under
50 then your risk of getting prostate cancer is very low. Younger
men can be affected, but this is rare.
Family history and genetics
Inside every cell of our body is a set of instructions called
genes. These are inherited from our parents. Genes control how the
body grows, works and what it looks like. Researchers have found
some characteristics in genes that might be passed on through your
parents and could increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Only 5 to 10 per cent of prostate cancers are thought to be
strongly linked to an inherited risk.
- You are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer
if your father or brother has been diagnosed with it, compared with
a man who has no affected relatives.
- There may be a higher chance of you developing prostate cancer
if your relative was under 60 when he was diagnosed or if you have
more than one close relative with prostate cancer.
- Your risk of prostate cancer might be increased if you have
close relatives with breast cancer - if their breast cancer is
linked to faults in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2.
If you have relatives with prostate cancer or breast cancer and
are worried about this, speak to your GP. Although the risk is
increased, it doesn't necessarily mean you will get prostate
more about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene faults.
Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than men of
other ethnic backgrounds. In the UK, about 1 in 4 Black men will
get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. The reasons for
this are not yet clear but might be linked to genes.
Read more about the risk in Black men
out four things all Black men should know
No one knows how to prevent prostate cancer, but diet and a
healthy lifestyle may be important in protecting against the
During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, there will be displays
and information between the 24th and 28th March 2014 at
the following locations:
Main Outpatients, Manchester Royal Infirmary
Entrance 2, adjacent to the Multi Faith Centre , Manchester
For further information, advice or support, please contact the
Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre on 0161 276 6868 or