Prostate Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

22. Are there genes that put me at greater risk of getting prostate cancer?

Researchers are studying changes in genes that may increase the risk for developing prostate cancer. Some studies are looking at the genes of men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer at a relatively young age, less than 55 years old, and the genes of families who have several members with the disease. Other studies are trying to identify which genes, or arrangements of genes, are most likely to lead to prostate cancer.

Much more work is needed, however, before scientists can say exactly how genetic changes relate to prostate cancer. The most definitive study of genes related to prostate cancer was reported in 2015 in "TCGA Findings on Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma and Prostate Cancer."