Hereditary Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

Approximately 5-10% of prostate cancer is hereditary, which means it is caused by an inherited gene mutation that runs in a family. Genetic counselors are available at Piedmont Oncology to help determine if genetic testing for inherited prostate cancer risk would be beneficial for you and your family.

If you or a close family member (on either side of the family) have had any of the following, you may benefit from genetic counseling for prostate cancer risk:

  • Prostate cancer in multiple close relatives

  • Prostate cancer, as well as a family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and/or pancreatic cancer

  • Eastern European Jewish (Ashkenazi Jewish) ancestry

  • Metastatic prostate cancer

  • Prostate cancer is categorized as “high risk” or “very high risk” in pathology


Contact a Genetic Counselor

Ask your doctor about prostate cancer genetic risk assessment, or contact our genetics team at 404-425-7300. For more information about our genetics program, counseling and testing, explore our additional resources below:

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