Prostate Cancer Statistics & Facts
Statistics about Men
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, next to skin cancers.
- 1 out of 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- 1 out 35 men will die from prostate cancer.
- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in America; behind lung cancer.
- Prostate cancer accounts for 9% of cancer-related deaths in men.
(Statistics courtesy of American Cancer Society.)
Incidence & Mortality
- In 2008, it is estimated 186,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 28,660 men will die of prostate cancer.
- Median age of diagnosis is 68 years of age.
- Median age for death is 80 years of age.
- On average, 26 out of every 100,000 men die of prostate cancer each year.
Lifetime Risk and Prevalence
- Almost 16% of men born today will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime.
- 8% of men will be diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70.
- As of 2005, approximately 2.1 million men were alive with a history of prostate cancer.
(Statistics based on NCI's SEER Cancer Statistics Review.)