What types of prostate cancer exist? Is a family history of prostate cancer one of the risk factors for prostate cancer. Having a father or a brother with prostate cancer doubles the risk of developing this type of cancer.

According to scientists and researchers, the majority of prostate cancers are small, low grade, and non-invasive. The pathology of 20% of prostate cancer has shown that they do not pose an immediate risk to the patients’ health if they follow the recommendations for screening and a healthier lifestyle. Several genes contribute to prostate cancer. They include a gene called HoxB13 9 (a type of protein), BRCA1 and BRCA2. in men. Those genes contribute to prostate cancer in men just like they contribute to breast cancer in women. 

Types of Prostate Cancer / Location


Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Prostate Cancer

Studies of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use to treat prostate cancer have shown the following:

  • Men who have prostate cancer are more likely to take dietary supplements and eat certain foods than men who do not have prostate cancer.
  • Men who have prostate cancer and who have healthy eating habits (for example, eating lots of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vegetables) are more likely to take dietary supplements.
  • Men who have prostate cancer use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments to help boost the immune system, improve quality of life, and lower the risk of the cancer coming back, but only half of them tell their doctors about their use of CAM.

Studies of CAM use to lower prostate cancer risk or to prevent it from coming back have shown the following:

  • A study of men with a family history of prostate cancer found that over half used vitamins or other dietary supplements for prostate health or to prevent cancer.
  • A study of men at a prostate cancer screening clinic found that over half took multivitamins and some took herbal supplements.
  • A study of prostate cancer survivors found that up to one-third took vitamins or minerals.

    This content is provided by the National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov)