Prostate Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many men are diagnosed with 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. This year, an estimated 220,800 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. This is referred to as the local or regional stage.

Overall, most men who develop prostate cancer (99%) are expected to live at least 5 years after diagnosis. Ninety-eight percent (98%) are alive after 10 years, and 94% live for at least 15 years.

For men diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate drops to 28%. The 5-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least 5 years after the cancer is found.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 27,540 deaths from this disease will occur this year. 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 any other group. 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, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a man how long he will live with prostate cancer. Because survival statistics are often measured in 5-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer or recent changes in screening practices. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.

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