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Prostate Cancer: The Numbers

October 03, 2016

The American Cancer Society’s 2016 estimates for prostate cancer  in the United States:

  • About 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer
  • About 26,120 deaths from prostate cancer
  • Risk of prostate cancer: About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer develops mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.

Deaths From Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men after lung cancer. About 1 man in 39 will die of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. More than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today.

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