My father/brother had prostate cancer. Does this mean I am more at risk?
Men who have had close family members (fathers/brothers) diagnosed at a young age (under 55) can be at increased risk of prostate cancer. Studies show that the risk of developing prostate cancer can be as much as 3 times greater if a man has a first–degree relative with the disease. If you have a close relative who has had prostate cancer, it is sensible to maintain a healthy lifestyle and, if you start to experience prostate problems, ensure that you see your doctor at the earliest opportunity. Depending on the age at which your brother or father developed their cancer (especially if a younger age), it might be sensible to ensure that your doctor is aware so that, if appropriate, regular monitoring can be undertaken. There is a very high rate of cure for prostate cancer which is treated early.