Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK. Every year more than 40,000 new cases are diagnosed.

It usually develops slowly, so that there are no signs for many years.

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

Experts say that it is vital for men to be aware of the condition's early warning signs – such as difficulty urinating or more desire to go to the bathroom at night.

But it could also be important to know if you already have an increased risk of contracting prostate cancer.

Scientific studies have uncovered hidden indicators that some men may be more vulnerable than others, the Liverpool Echo reports.

These include curiosities such as finger length, the gender of your children and even your height.

Meanwhile, leading oncologist Dr. Regardless of the perceived risk, all men must keep an eye on their prostate – a 3 cm long gland just below the bladder.

Dr. Kubes, medical director of the Proton Therapy Center in Prague, Czech Republic, said: "These risk factors may seem unusual, but the message is clear – prostate cancer is now the most common cancer among British men."

The doctor, who treats dozens of British patients each year, added, "Men over 50 should keep a close eye on the health of their prostate and those with a family history of the disease should start earlier.

"Black men are more at risk of contracting prostate cancer and about one in four will get the disease at some point in their lives.

"If you catch early enough, the prognosis is generally good, and anyone who is aware of the risk should talk to their family doctor."

Here are some of the most peculiar reasons why you might be more at risk:

The gender of your children

The results of a study by 39,000 Israeli researchers concluded that men who were only daughters of daughters were more vulnerable than men who gave birth to only boys.

There is also a very high risk – they were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than those who were sons with a reduced risk.

Experts believe that the problem could be chromosomal.

Some men may be prone to having daughters because of certain unique characteristics on their Y chromosome, and this may also increase their risk of developing prostate cancer.

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your height

A 2008 Bristol University study examined nearly 10,000 men with or without prostate cancer.

And they discovered the risk of developing the disease by 6 percent for every 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) of height that a man has over the shortest group of men in the study – about 5 feet 6 inches.

This means that a man who is one foot taller than the shortest person in the study has a 19 percent increased risk of contracting the disease.

Again, they believe that hormone levels can be the key.

Premature balding

The study of 669 men by the European Society of Medical Oncology in 2011 found that those who became thinner in their late teens grew twice as likely to get prostate cancer as they got older.

While the exact cause remains a mystery, it is thought to be associated with male hormones, known as androgens, which may contain the well-known testosterone.

These are said to inhibit hair growth while causing abnormal expansion of the prostate cells.

The good news is that early baldness was not associated with an earlier onset of prostate cancer or with more aggressive cancer.

finger length

A controversial study found in the British Journal of Cancer in 2011 Men using index fingers longer than their ring fingers were one-third less likely to have prostate cancer.

The study, conducted by Nottingham University, involved 5,000 men, some of whom were already suffering from the disease.

It has led scientists to speculate that the more testosterone a baby is exposed to in the mother's womb, the shorter the index finger and the greater the risk of cell failure in the future.

A lazy lifestyle

Experts have warned for a long time that it can be active to ward off disease, but they also fear that an overly sedentary lifestyle could hit the prostate.

It is believed that this is due to the increase in blood levels of certain proteins associated with prostate cancer caused by a decline in activity.

The physical activity of one group showed that those who idled for an hour or longer increased their chances of having raised prostate-specific antigens (PSA), a blood-borne hormone that can indicate prostate cancer, by 16 percent.

Your postal code

Research by the US charity Prostate Cancer Foundation has shown that the disease is more prevalent in certain global locations.

Northwestern Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Australia have high incidences, while Africa, South and Central America and Asia have relatively fewer.

Scientists believe that this could be due to better health studies in industrialized countries.

In the meantime, a lesser amount of sunshine due to longer winters could also play a role – sunlight gives the body the important vitamin D.

Being sexually active at a young age

Being sexually active in younger years could also be a factor found in a Nottingham University study.

Results of the research of 840 men confirmed those who are more susceptible to the disease, masturbate more and were sexually active in their twenties and thirties.

The good news for men who also appeared after their 50th birthday was that they had a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

Researchers say more research is needed, but speculate that a hormonal link is likely.

An earlier cancer

Experts believe that a history of certain types of cancer can increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Although they are not sure why they cause cancer of the kidney, bladder, lung and thyroid as well as melanoma skin cancer, all men may be more prone to it.



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