What is the Most Important Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer?

Dr. Nelson explains risk factors for prostate cancer

gleason grading systemDespite what many people think, an enlarged prostate is not a risk factor for developing prostate cancer. It is a risk factor, however, for having voiding symptoms.

Obesity on the other hand can be a risk for developing prostate cancer and having more aggressive forms.

There have been several studies that have shown that obese man have worse outcomes after treatment whether it would be surgery or radiation, if they are not taking care of themselves.

For more on prostate cancer risk factors, watch Dr. Nelson in this video.

Video Transcript

Roscoe Nelson MD:  An enlarged prostate is not a risk factor for developing prostate cancer.  It is a risk factor for having voiding symptoms.  Obesity on the other hand can be a risk for developing prostate cancer and having more aggressive forms.  There have been several studies that have shown that obese man have worse outcomes after treatment whether it would be surgery or radiation, if they are not taking care of themselves.

Roscoe Nelson
Dr. Roscoe Nelson is certified by the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed his residency at the University of California, Davis and his doctorate of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Nelson is nationally recognized and ranked among the nation’s and Arizona’s top physicians and has won numerous awards including the 2008 through 2012 Patients’ Choice Award.


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