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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer in the United States: 2018 Estimates

● New cases: 164,690

● Deaths per year: 29,430

● 5-year relative survival rate for localized stage: >99%

● 5-year relative survival rate for all stages combined: 99%

● 10-year relative survival rate for all stages combined: 98%

What is Prostate Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society,  prostate cancer is the most common cancer (other than skin cancer) and the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men. Most prostate cancers grow very slowly, but when they spread, they can do so quickly. Most early cases of prostate cancer cause no symptoms, but some early causes may be frequent urination, especially at night; blood in urine; difficulty starting urination or inability to urinate; and a weak or painful urination for men.

Although men of any age can get prostate cancer, the chance of having it increases rapidly after age 50. More than 60% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men older than 65.

African American men have the highest documented prostate cancer incidence rates in the world. Furthermore, in the US, the prostate cancer death rate for African American men is more than twice the rate for white men.

View the full report here.

Prostate Cancer Facts

1 in 6

Men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. 


Despite improved testing and better treatment options there has been a 90% rise in metestatic (incurable) prostate cancer in the past 10 years.

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