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Prostate Cancer Risk by Age

The risk of getting prostate cancer increases with age. The table below shows the percentage of men (how many out of 100) who will get prostate cancer over different time periods. The time periods are based on the man's current age.

For example, go to current age 60. The table shows 6.41% of men who are now 60 years old will get prostate cancer sometime during the next 10 years. That is, 6 or 7 out of every 100 men who are 60 years old today will get prostate cancer by the age of 70.

Percent of U.S. Men Who Develop Prostate Cancer over 10-, 20-, and 30-Year Intervals According to Their Current Age, 2008–2010
Current Age 10 Years 20 Years 30 Years
30 0.01 0.35 2.54
40 0.34 2.57 8.18
50 2.31 8.12 13.73
60 6.41 12.59 14.92
70 7.73 10.64 N/A

Source: Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2010, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2010/browse_csr.php?section=23&page=sect_23_table.10.html, based on November 2012 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER Web site, April 2013.

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