The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 200 thousand men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, with about 30 thousand dying from the disease.
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Dr. Alan Angell said while it’s fairly treatable if found early, nobody really knows what makes someone at risk for developing prostate cancer, but there are some theories he states:
There is some evidence to suggest that some people may inherit it or that there’s an increased risk for people with family history of it. It may be related to agent orange it may be related to high calcium intake or it may be related to consumption of a lot of red meat but nobody is really sure.
Angell added there’s continuing research to try to learn more about the disease and what causes it.