DNA mutations can result in cancer. The changes in DNA can come from a person’s parents or they can develop them along the way.
Inherited Gene Mutation
Inherited gene mutations account for about five to ten percent of all reported prostate cancer cases. This is known as hereditary prostate cancer.
Acquired Gene Mutation
The DNA changes are only found in the cell that caused the mutation. Being exposed to cancer-causing chemicals can trigger the mutation.
Other cancer causes and risk factors are:
Prostate frequently affects older men. Young men are at a lower risk while men age 60 and over have a higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer.
Although there is no scientific explanation for this, it has been discovered that African-American men commonly develop prostate cancer as compared to Asian-American and Latino men. Moreover, African-American are more likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. In areas with higher concentrations of older African American men such as cities like Atlanta, Georgia, prostate cancer rates are higher than average.
Eating a lot of red meat and high diary-fat products increases the chances of developing prostate cancer, although the research in this area is not yet completely conclusive.
Men living in North America, Australia, and the Caribbean are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than men living anywhere else.