A risk factor is something that increases your chances of developing cancer. Some risk factors such as age or family history cannot be changed. Fortunately, there are also risk factors which can be modified. Lifestyle changes may help lower your risk of prostate cancer:
Medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies have side effects that may do more harm than good. Talk to your doctor about your options before starting any of these.
Can prostate cancer be prevented? American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/causes-risks-prevention/prevention.html. Updated March 11, 2016. Accessed April 13, 2017.
Prevention of prostate cancer. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T902624/Prevention-of-prostate-cancer. Updated June 13, 2016. Accessed April 13, 2017.
Last reviewed September 2016 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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