How common is prostate cancer

There are more than 100 different types of cancer. In the United States, a man has a 50% chance of developing some type of cancer in his lifetime. In American men, (excluding skin cancer) prostate cancer is the most common cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 33% (234,460) of cases of cancer (Table 2). More than 75% of the cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men older than 65 years. Based on cases diagnosed between 1995 and 2001, it is estimated that 91% of the new cases of prostate cancer are expected to be diagnosed at local or regional stages (see staging of prostate cancer), for which 5-year survival is nearly 100%. It is estimated that prostate cancer will be the cause of death in 9% of men, 27,350 prostate cancer related deaths. In the United States, deaths from prostate cancer have decreased significantly by 4.1% per year from 1994 to 2004. Most notably, the death rate for African American men in the United States has decreased by 6%.

Table 2 Cancer Statistics for Men in the United States—2006

Estimated % of All

Estimated Number

Cancer Site

New Cancer Diagnoses

of New Cases

Prostate

33%

234,460

Digestive system

10%

72,800

Lung and bronchus

13%

92,700

Reprinted with permission from Ahnedub GM, Suegek RM, Ward E et al. Cancer Statistics, 2006. CA Cancer J Clin 2006;56:106-130 [published erratum appears in CA Cancer J Clin 2006;56:109].

Reprinted with permission from Ahnedub GM, Suegek RM, Ward E et al. Cancer Statistics, 2006. CA Cancer J Clin 2006;56:106-130 [published erratum appears in CA Cancer J Clin 2006;56:109].

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