Prostate cancer by the numbers1

1 in 6: number of men who will be diagnosed in their lifetime
233,000: projected number of new prostate cancer diagnoses in 2014
2,500,000: estimated number of men currently living with prostate cancer in the US
90: number out of 100 men who will be diagnosed with localized prostate cancer
Prostate Cancer Facts

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), however it can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the US are prostate cancer survivors. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer
  • About 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer
  • About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Prostate cancer occurs 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.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 38 will die of prostate cancer.

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

Prostate cancer is very rare in men younger than 40, but the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. About 6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men over the age of 65.2

Prostate cancer is a clinically diverse disease. In many men the cancer is slow-growing with good, long-term prognosis, meaning they will die with prostate cancer rather than from it. In others, the cancer may be more aggressive with a greater potential for recurrence, metastasis and death. Understanding which men have more aggressive disease and which do not is the challenge.

Decipher® analyzes the biology of your tumor to tell you more about the aggressiveness of your disease and the risk of your prostate cancer metastasizing.

  1. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014, ACS, 2014.
  2. What are the risk factors for prostate cancer? ACS, 2015.