How Common is Prostate Cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men after skin cancer. It is estimated that approximately 220,800 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 and 27,540 of those men will die from the disease.
Prostate cancer generally occurs in older men with the average age of diagnosis being 66 years old. About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during his lifetime. About 60% of men diagnosed with the disease are aged 65 or older. A diagnosis before age 40 is rare.
Although prostate cancer is a serious disease, it is important to note that most men DO NOT DIE from prostate cancer alone. Currently there are more than 2.7 million men in the United States who are living productive lives after being diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime.
What are the survival rates for prostate cancer patients?
When learning about survival rates it is important to realize that most physicians will refer to a relative survival rate. What this refers to is the percentage of patients who live at least a set amount of time after diagnosis. Many of the patients included in these percentages live beyond the specified number of years.
Survival rates are based on studies of large numbers of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, but they do not predict what will happen in any one man’s case. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you and your doctor should take your Prolaris test result into consideration when discussing your prostate cancer-specific mortality risk.
Here are the survival rates according to the American Cancer Society, when including all stages of prostate cancer:
- The relative 5-year survival rate is almost 100%
- The relative 10-year survival rate is 99%
- The 15-year relative survival rate is 94%