As the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States, prostate cancer is expected to cause approximately 29,720 deaths during 2013.1 In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, let’s examine these prostate cancer statistics.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the average age at the time of prostate cancer diagnosis is 69 years. Moreover, 1
in 14 men between the ages of 60 and 69 years receive a prostate cancer diagnosis.2
Prostate cancer is less common in men younger than 40 years, with 1 in 10,000 men affected.2
Overall, approximately 238,590 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.1
The American Cancer Society states that the ratio of men who will die from prostate cancer is 1:36.1
African American men in the US are almost 2.5 times as likely to die from prostate cancer as white men.3 The rate of prostate cancer is less in Asian American and Hispanic men than in non-Hispanic white men. The reasons behind these racial and ethnic differences are unclear.4
Compared with men in the US whose risk for prostate cancer is 17%, men who live in rural China have less risk (2%) of developing prostate cancer. Yet, the risk for prostate cancer increases for Chinese men if they move to a more western-style culture, reports the Prostate Cancer Foundation.2
According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, about 7 in 10 prostate cancer cases (72%) occur in more developed countries, with the highest rates of diagnosis in Australia and New Zealand, Western Europe, and North America.5
1. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailed guide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics.
4. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailed guide/prostate-cancer-risk-factors.