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Statistics About Prostate Cancer

Some people use statistical reports to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, statistics can't be used to know or predict what will happen to a particular person.

These are some statistics about prostate cancer from the American Cancer Society:

  • The highest prostate cancer incidence rates in the world are in African-American men and Jamaican men of African descent. African-American men are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white American men. The reasons for this are still not known.

  • Men with a strong family history of prostate cancer make up 5 to 10 percent of cases.

  • About 241,740 men will get prostate cancer in the United States in 2012. Nearly two-thirds of these men will be age 65 or older.

  • Of all the men diagnosed with prostate cancer, nearly 100 percent survive at least five years, 98 percent survive at least 10 years, and 91 percent survive at least 15 years. These figures include all stages and grades of prostate cancer, no matter what the treatment was. They are adjusted to account for men who die of other causes.

  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S. after lung cancer. About 28,170 men will die of prostate cancer in 2012.


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