Prostate Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 02/2021

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. This year, an estimated 248,530 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer incidence rates rose sharply in the late 1980s and early 1990s due increased screening with the PSA test. But from 2013 to 2017, incidence rates have stayed steady. Around 60% of cases are diagnosed in men age 65 or older. The average age of diagnosis is 66 years. The disease rarely occurs in those younger than 40. The number of new cases diagnosed in Black men is nearly 80% higher than the number of new cases diagnosed in white men.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for people with prostate cancer is 98%. The 10-year survival rate is also 98%.

Most prostate cancers (89%) are found when the disease is in only the prostate and nearby organs. This is referred to as the local or regional stage. The 5-year survival rate for most people with local or regional prostate cancer is nearly 100%. For people diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 30%.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 34,130 deaths from this disease will occur this year.

However, the death rate dropped by around half from the mid-1990s to the mid-2010s as a result of advances in screening and treatment. From 2014 to 2018, the death rate stayed steady. A person’s individual survival depends on the type of prostate cancer and the stage of the disease. There are more than 3.1 million survivors of prostate cancer in the United States today.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with prostate cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2021, and the ACS website (sources accessed February 2021).

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