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Prostate Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no 2 people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your health care provider.

What are the statistics for prostate cancer?

  • The rate of prostate cancer is about 60% higher in African-American men than white men. African-American men are also more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer. The reasons why are not known. But some risk factors may play a part, such as differences in genes.

  • About 220,000 men in the U.S. will get prostate cancer in 2015. It is the most common cancer in men, not including skin cancer. Nearly two-thirds of these men will be age 65 or older.

  • More than 90% of all prostate cancers are found while they are either only in the prostate (local) or near the prostate (regional). The 5-year survival rate for men with these kinds of prostate tumors is nearly 100%.

  • Several decades ago, the 5-year survival rate for prostate cancer was 68%. Now it’s almost 100%. 

  • Nearly all men with prostate cancer survive at least 5 years. And 98% survive at least 10 years. Ninety-four percent survive at least 15 years. This includes all stages and grades of prostate cancer. It also includes all treatments.

  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S. after lung cancer. About 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2015.

Source: American Cancer Society

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 3/23/2015
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