U.S. cancer statistics provided by the Centers of Disease Control state there were almost 184,000 new cases of prostate cancer in 2015, the year for which the most recent data is available. Almost 29,000 men in the United States died from prostate cancer in that same year.
Men should start being evaluated for prostate cancer at age 40. If there is a family history or if the man is African American, evaluation should be started earlier. These decisions should be made in consultation with a physician.