Prostate cancer affects about 13 out of every 100 men, making it one of the most common cancers in men. It's characterized, like most cancers, by an uncontrolled growth of cells in a targeted area, in this case the prostate, a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum that's vital to reproductive health in a number of ways.

Some types of cancer grow gradually and may not need intervention, while others can spread quickly and may require surgery, radiation therapy, immunotherapy or other forms of treatment.

Prostate cancer, despite being a very serious condition, typically has a positive prognosis if it is detected early. Knowing the risk factors and what to look for can keep you on track for optimum health.

Common risk factors

While all men face the risk of prostate cancer, certain factors may increase your chance of developing it. Identifying these factors can help guide you toward the appropriate