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Facts and Statistics

Every 20 minutes another American man dies from prostate cancer. That’s a little more than 75 deaths per day and 26,730 this year. That’s enough to fill an entire baseball stadium.

2.9-infographicOne in eight American men will have prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among American men and is the most commonly diagnosed. The American Cancer Society estimates in its Cancer Facts & Figures 2017 report that 161,360 men will be told they have prostate cancer in 2017. Currently there are nearly 2.9 million American men living with the disease – roughly equal to the population of Chicago.

Early detection and advances in treatment are saving lives. Finding prostate cancer when it is still at an early stage offers the best hope for living cancer free for a long time. The most recent research shows the five-year survival rate for all men with prostate cancer is nearly 100 percent. The relative 10-year survival rate is 98 percent, and 96 percent for 15 years.

American-Men-By-the-Numbers-IconYou can learn more about how prostate cancer affects American men by downloading our infographic, American Men and Prostate Cancer By the Numbers, by clicking on the image to the left.

All men are at risk of developing prostate cancer but that risk increases significantly as men grow older. The table below shows the most recent prostate cancer statistics by age. Information for this table comes from Cancer Facts and Figures, and the percentages below are from State Cancer Profiles.

Print an easy to read 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Prostate Cancer fact sheet.

Unfortunately African American men are considered ‘high risk’ for developing prostate cancer and dying of the disease. The table below shows the most recent prostate cancer statistics for new cases and deaths by race in the U.S. for the years 2009 – 2013 (incidence) and 2010-2014 (mortality). Information for this table comes from Cancer Facts & Figures.

AA-Men-By-the-Numbers-IconLearn more about the disproportionate impact of prostate cancer on African-American men by downloading our more in-depth infographic, African-American Men and Prostate Cancer By the Numbers.

Five-year relative survival rates have increased consistently since 1975 in all cancers and prostate cancer has seen significant increases despite the differences observed between races. No other cancer has an overall five-year survival rate of 99 percent. The table below shows the increase over time. Information for this table comes from Cancer Facts & Figures.

The high survival rates for prostate cancer continue over time. The overall 10-year survival rate is 98%, and the 15-year survival rate is 96%. However, for “distant” prostate cancer, or cancer that has spread to bones, organs, or distant lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate drops from nearly 100% to 29%. “Distant” prostate cancer is more commonly known as advanced prostate cancer. Information for the table below comes from Cancer Facts & Figures.