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Cancer Risk Management

All men (people assigned male at birth) are at risk for cancer and the risk increases with age. The average lifetime risk for cancer is 12 percent. This means that 1 out of every 8 men will get cancer in their lifetime. 

An in one of the genes listed below increases the risk for cancer.

Genes with Prostate Cancer Risk-Management Guidelines
*In addition to increasing lifetime risk for prostate cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2 and HOXB13 also increase risk for more aggressive, metastatic disease.  
** More research is needed to confirm a link between prostate cancer and an inherited mutation in this gene.

Genetic counseling and testing can help you learn if you have an in one of these genes. There are different expert guidelines for cancer screening, which are based on your level of risk. Read below for more information about different screening options. Speak with your healthcare provider to decide on a risk-management plan and schedule that is right for you. 

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Risk-Management Options

Cancer Screening Guidelines

There are two professional groups with guidelines for pancreatic cancer screening for high-risk people that differ in their recommendations. Read more about these guidelines here.   

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Cancer Screening Guidelines

There are several different expert guidelines for cancer screening for average-risk and high-risk people that differ in their recommendations. Read more about these guidelines here.   

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Last updated February 14, 2024