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The cause of prostate cancer isn't fully understood at present. But there are certain factors that can make prostate cancer more likely:

- The risk of prostate cancer increases steadily with age and it is rare in men under 50

- A high fat diet may increase your risk

- Your risk is higher if you have close relatives who have had prostate cancer

- If several women in your family have had breast cancer (especially if diagnosed at under 40 years of age) an inherited faulty gene may be present

- If you are African-Caribbean or African-American you are at highest risk whereas if you are Asian, you are at lower risk