Prostate Cancer Statistics

Prostate Cancer Statistics on Mortality Rates

Death rates for prostate cancer are much lower than the incidence rates, because survival for men with this cancer is generally quite high.
From 1998 to 2002, the median age at death for prostate cancer was 80 years. The percentages of people who died from prostate cancer based on age were as follows:
  • 0.0 percent died under age 20
  • 0.0 percent between 20 and 34
  • 0.1 percent between 35 and 44
  • 1.3 percent between 45 and 54
  • 6.5 percent between 55 and 64
  • 21.1 percent between 65 and 74
  • 41.9 percent between 75 and 84
  • 29.1 percent 85+ years of age.

Statistics on Survival Rates With Prostate Cancer

Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The prostate cancer survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer.
The overall five-year relative prostate cancer survival rate for 1996 to 2002 was 99.9 percent. The five-year relative prostate cancer survival rates by race and sex were as follows:
  • 99.9 percent for white men
  • 97.6 percent for black men.

How the Prostate Cancer Stage Affects Prognosis

The prostate cancer stage plays a role in the prognosis. Based on historical data:
  • 91 percent of cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage) or after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
  • 5 percent of cases are diagnosed after the prostate cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • 4 percent of prostate cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.
The corresponding five-year relative survival rates were as follows:
  • 100 percent for localized or regional
  • 33.3 percent for distant
  • 79.5 percent for unstaged.
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