U.S. Cancer Statistics Prostate Cancer Stat Bite

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In the United States in 2018—

  • 211,894 new prostate cancers were diagnosed.
  • 31,488 men died from prostate cancer.

Men had much higher rates of getting prostate cancer than dying from prostate cancer.

5-Year Relative Survival

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Among men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2013 and 2017, about 885,600 were still alive on January 1, 2018.

97% of prostate cancer patients who were diagnosed between 2011 and 2017 had not died from their cancer 5 years later.

Survival is high because many prostate cancers grow slowly or not at all. The goal of screening for prostate cancer is to find cancers that may grow if not treated. Men and their doctors should talk about the harms and benefits of screening.

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Data Sources

Data in this brief come from U.S. Cancer Statistics, the official federal cancer statistics.

U.S. Cancer Statistics incidence data are from population-based registries that participate in CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and/or the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and met high-quality data criteria for the 2020 data submission, covering 99% of the U.S. population.

U.S. Cancer Statistics death data are from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System and cover 100% of U.S. population.

U.S. Cancer Statistics survival and prevalence data are from 42 NPCR registries that met high-quality data criteria for the 2020 data submission and conducted linkage with the National Death Index and/or active patient follow-up, covering 86% of the U.S. population. Five-year relative survival estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2011 and 2017, and 5-year limited-duration prevalence estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2013 and 2017.

Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States Cancer Statistics Prostate Cancer Stat Bite. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2021.

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