Inheritance and Genetics of Prostate Cancer
Racial Patterns for Prostate Cancer:
Racial Details for Prostate Cancer: This disease is much more common in African
American men than in white men. It is less common in Asian
and American Indian men. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Prostate Cancer: NCI)
Prostate Cancer: Genetics Information
Genetics of Prostate Cancer:
Despite the high prevalence of prostate cancer, little is known about the genetic predisposition of some men to the disease. Numerous studies point to a family history being a major risk factor, which may be responsible for an estimated 5-10% of all prostate cancers.
(Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of Prostate Cancer refers to whether the condition is inherited
from your parents or "runs" in families.
The level of inheritance of a condition depends
on how important genetics are to the disease.
Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited,
partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited,
and non-genetic diseases are not inherited.
For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.