Prostate cancer statistics

Numbers for 2015

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. Also ask your physician for his/her individual statistics as these are based on the national average from men with prostate cancer in the United States.

General statistics

  • It is estimated that 220,800 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015
  • An estimated 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, but only 1 in 38 men will die from the disease
  • There are more than 2.9 million American men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer who are still living today
  • About 6 out of 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men older than 65
  • Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death due to cancer in men

Relative survival rates (for men with all stages of prostate cancer)

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 good news for men with prostate cancer:

  • Nearly 100% of men are alive at 5 years
  • 98% of men are alive at 10 years
  • 94% of men are alive at 15 years

More prostate cancer statistics

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 28%

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.

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

Updated 11/15

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