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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

March 2014

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 Infographic


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 cancer.

Learn more about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene faults.

Black men

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 for Black men

Find 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 disease.


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 Royal Infirmary

For further information, advice or support, please contact the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre on 0161 276 6868 or email: cancer.information@cmft.nhs.uk

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