Prostate cancer statistics for 2012
Before you read these prostate cancer statistics, remember that every man is different and every case is different. While these statistics include prostate cancer survival rates, they are not absolutes.
- It is estimated that 241,740 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012 (850 more than in 2011)
- An estimated 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, but only 1 in 36 men will die from the disease
- There are more than 2.5 million American men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer who are still living today
- About 2 out of 3 prostate cancers are found in men older than 65
- Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death due to cancer in men
- An estimated 28,170 men will die from prostate cancer in 2012 (5,560 less than in 2011)
Relative survival rates (for all men with prostate cancer)
- The 5-year relative survival rate is nearly 100%
- The 10-year relative survival rate is 98%
- The 15-year relative survival rate is 91%
According to the American Cancer Society, relative survival assumes that some men will die of other causes and compares the observed survival of men with prostate cancer with the expected rate of survival in men without prostate cancer.
The 5-year relative survival rate refers to the percentage of men who live at least 5 years after their cancer is first diagnosed. These rates are based on men who were diagnosed and first treated for prostate cancer more than 5 years ago.
Relative survival rates by stage
- The 5-year survival rate for localized cancer is nearly 100%
- The 5-year survival rate for regional cancer is nearly 100%
- The 5-year survival rate for distant cancer is 29%
It is important to note that these numbers are based on results from large numbers of men who had prostate cancer. Every man is different and these numbers are not predictive of what will happen with your loved one.
Source: American Cancer Society
Always discuss everything you read on this web site with a qualified medical professional.
What is prostate cancer?
What are the causes?
Digital rectal exam
Return from prostate cancer statistics to homepage
Search Our Site