Prostate Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many men learn they have this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. In 2014, an estimated 233,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Most prostate cancers (93%) are found when the disease is confined to the prostate and nearby organs.

Overall, most men who develop prostate cancer (99%) are expected to live at least five years after diagnosis. Ninety-nine percent (99%) are alive after 10 years, and 94% live for at least 15 years. However, for men diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the five-year survival rate drops to 28%. The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 29,480 deaths from this disease will occur in 2014. Although the number of deaths from prostate cancer continues to decline among all men, the death rate remains more than twice as high in black men than in white men. A man’s individual survival depends on the type of prostate cancer and the stage of the disease.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of men with this type of cancer in the United States each year, but the actual risk for a particular individual may differ. It is not possible to tell a man how long he will live with prostate cancer. Because survival statistics are often measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2014.

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