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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 two 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 healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for prostate cancer?

  • The rate of prostate cancer is about 74% 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 161,360  men in the U.S. will get prostate cancer in 2017. 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, while 98% survive at least 10 years. And 96% survive at least 15 years. This includes all stages and grades of prostate cancer. It also includes all treatments.

  • Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S. after colorectal and lung cancer. About 26,730 men will die of prostate cancer in 2017.

Source: American Cancer Society

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