We conducted an association study to identify risk variants for familial prostate cancer within the HPCX locus at Xq27 among Americans of Northern European descent. We investigated a total of 507 familial prostate cancer probands and 507 age-matched controls without a personal or family history of prostate cancer. The study population was subdivided into a set of training subjects to explore genetic variation of the locus potentially impacting risk of prostate cancer, and an independent set of test subjects to confirm the association and to assign significance, addressing multiple comparisons. We identified a 22.9 kb haplotype nominally associated with prostate cancer among training subjects (292 cases, 292 controls; chi(2) = 5.08, P = 0.020), that was confirmed among test subjects (215 cases, 215 controls; chi(2) = 3.73, P = 0.040). The haplotype predisposed to prostate cancer with an odds ratio of 3.41 (95% CI 1.04-11.17, P = 0.034) among test subjects. The haplotype extending from rs5907859 to rs1493189 is concordant with a prior study of the region within the Finnish founder population, and warrants further independent investigation.