Family history of prostate cancer – risk statistics

The average risk of prostate cancer (one in twelve) is significantly increased if a close relative has been diagnosed with the same condition, so early assessment is very important.

Risk for those with a family history of the condition

The average risk is one in twelve.

Prostate cancer risk Family history
Uncle or other second degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before age of 60.
Risk increases × 2
First degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 60.
Risk increases × 4
More than one first degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer (regardless of age).
Risk increases × 4
You carry a faulty BRCA2 gene (linked to breast cancer).
Risk increases × 5