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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and occurs in the male reproductive system Williams 2013 Few known and many unknown risk factors are related to prostate cancer including family history age and diet Zatzkin 2013 Prostate cancer has many unclear and unknown causes considering it is a severe and deadly type of cancer no accurate cause has been established Chavarro et al 2013 Much research has been done into finding cures although only some preventative methods have been proven to workThe most common risk factor of prostate cancer is known to be family history The risk of one developing this disease may increase if one has a 1st degree relative suffering or has more than one relative who is suffering from prostate cancer Williams 2013The risks are also influenced by the age of diagnosis Most develop prostate cancer after the age of 50 however most dont get diagnosed until around the age of 65 If prostate cancer is left undiagnosed for too long it could eventually spread throughout ones body and lead to bone cancer Zatzkin 2013 Less important risk factors that can still put someone at risk for developing this disease include ones diet Diets which are high in fat high in red or processed meats and high in milk or dairy products are all minor risk factors Zatzkin 2013 Factors which are not completely known to put someone at risk but are still suggested include inherited gene mutations inflammation of the prostate circulating testosterone exposure to pesticides and occupational exposures Canadian Cancer Society 2013Prostate cancer has many unclear causes according to doctors cancer in the prostate begins when the normal living cells within the prostate gland become abnormal Hensrud 2013 These cells contain a mutation in the DNA and therefore become cancerous Hensrud 2013 Unusual mutations in the cells produce quick growth speedy division and create a longer life span compared to regular cells Varmus Weinberg 2013 Characteristics
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