Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in American men, and this is made apparent by the statistics surrounding it. It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that in 2019 there will be about 174,650 men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer (1) which is a 6% increase from 2018. There will also be an estimated 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer in 2019 (1), a 7% increase from 2018.
According to Zero Cancer, every 17 minutes another man in the U.S. dies from prostate cancer, which is about 86 deaths per day (2). The number of deaths are increasing year after year making prostate cancer the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States (2).
Prostate cancer is a very common diagnosis, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime (1). While it is a common diagnosis, most men that have prostate cancer will not die from it. In fact, only 1 in 41 men with prostate cancer will die from it and more than 2 million men in the US that have been diagnosed at some point in their lives are still living (1).
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is important to find out how aggressive your individual cancer is to determine the most optimal treatment plan. To learn more about your prostate cancer aggressiveness click here.