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Men over 40 with a family history and all men over 50 should have screening according to current recommendations.

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What causes prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer occurs when the cells in the prostate gland grow in an abnormal way, creating a lump of tissue, known as a 'tumour'.

While the causes of prostate cancer are not fully understood, there are a number of factors associated with the risk of developing the disease.

These factors include:

  • increasing age
  • a strong family history of prostate cancer.

Last reviewed: October 2016

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