SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Prostate Cancer

Statistics at a GlanceShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2015 220,800
  • % of All New Cancer Cases13.3%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2015 27,540
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths

Percent Surviving
5 Years

98.9% 2005-2011

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of prostate cancer was 137.9 per 100,000 men per year. The number of deaths was 21.4 per 100,000 men per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2008-2012 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 14.0 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2012, there were an estimated 2,795,592 men living with prostate cancer in the United States.

Survival StatisticsShow More

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer?

Relative survivalExternal Web Site Policy statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.


Percent Surviving
5 Years


Based on data from SEER 18 2005-2011. Gray figures represent those who have died from prostate cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Cancer stage at diagnosis, which refers to extent of a cancer in the body, determines treatment options and has a strong influence on the length of survival. In general, if the cancer is found only in the part of the body where it started it is localized (sometimes referred to as stage 1). If it has spread to a different part of the body, the stage is regional or distant. The earlier prostate cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. For prostate cancer, 80.4% are diagnosed at the local stage. The 5-year survival for localized prostate cancer is 100.0%.

Percent of Cases & 5-Year Relative Survival by Stage at Diagnosis: Prostate Cancer
Percent of Cases by Stage
  • Localized (80%)
    Confined to Primary Site
  • Regional (12%)
    Spread to Regional Lymph Nodes
  • Distant (4%)
    Cancer Has Metastasized
  • Unknown (4%)
80% localized; 12% regional; 4% distant; 4% unknown
5-Year Relative Survival
100.0% localized; 100.0% regional; 28.2% distant; 77.3% unstaged

SEER 18 2005-2011, All Races, Males by SEER Summary Stage 2000

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More

How Common Is This Cancer?

Compared to other cancers, prostate cancer is fairly common.

Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2015
Deaths 2015
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 231,840 40,290
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 221,200 158,040
3. Prostate Cancer 220,800 27,540
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 132,700 49,700
5. Bladder Cancer 74,000 16,000
6. Melanoma of the Skin 73,870 9,940
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 71,850 19,790
8. Thyroid Cancer 62,450 1,950
9. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 61,560 14,080
10. Endometrial Cancer 54,870 10,170

Prostate cancer represents 13.3% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.


In 2015, it is estimated that there will be 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 27,540 people will die of this disease.

Prostate cancer occurs only in men, and it is more common in older men than younger men. It is more likely to occur in men with a family history of prostate cancer and men of African American descent. The number of new cases of prostate cancer was 137.9 per 100,000 men per year based on 2008-2012 cases.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Prostate Cancer
0.0% under 20; 0.0% 20-34; 0.6% 35-44; 9.7% 45-54; 33.0% 55-64; 36.9% 65-74; 16.1% 75-84; 3.7% 85 and older

Prostate cancer is most frequently diagnosed among men aged 65-74.

Median Age
At Diagnosis


SEER 18 2008-2012, All Races, Males

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity: Prostate Cancer
  • Male 137.9All RacesSex-Specific Cancer
  • Male 130.4White
  • Male 214.5Black
  • Male 74.0Asian /
    Pacific Islander
  • Male 67.1American Indian /
    Alaska Native
  • Male 114.7Hispanic
  • Male 141.5Non-Hispanic

SEER 18 2008-2012, Age-Adjusted

Because we have screening for prostate cancer, most of the time it is caught before it spreads to other parts of the body. Men who have prostate cancer that is characterized as localized or regional are not as likely to die as men whose cancer is distant. In general prostate cancer has excellent survival rates, but death rates are higher in African American men, men who have advanced stage cancer, and men who are between the ages of 75 and 84. Prostate cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The number of deaths was 21.4 per 100,000 men per year based on 2008-2012.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Prostate Cancer
0.0% under 20; 0.0% 20-34; 0.1% 35-44; 1.6% 45-54; 8.8% 55-64; 20.4% 65-74; 35.9% 75-84; 33.2% 85 and older

The percent of prostate cancer deaths is highest among men aged 75-84.

Median Age
At Death


U.S. 2008-2012, All Races, Males

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity: Prostate Cancer
  • Male 21.4All RacesSex-Specific Cancer
  • Male 19.8White
  • Male 46.3Black
  • Male 9.4Asian /
    Pacific Islander
  • Male 20.2American Indian /
    Alaska Native
  • Male 17.8Hispanic
  • Male 21.7Non-Hispanic

U.S. 2008-2012, Age-Adjusted

Trends in RatesShow More

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new prostate cancer cases have been falling on average 4.3% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been falling on average 3.5% each year over 2003-2012. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.

More About This CancerShow More

Cancer and the Prostate

Anatomy diagram shows the prostate, urethra, penis, testicle, bladder, lymph nodes, seminal vesicle, and rectum are labeled. An inset provides a close-up view of the prostate, urethra, bladder, seminal vesicles, and rectum.
Figure: Prostate and Nearby Organs
Click to enlarge.

This cancer forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows. A healthy prostate is about the size of a walnut. If the prostate grows too large, it squeezes the urethra. This may slow or stop the normal flow of urine. Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men.

Additional Information

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about prostate cancer.


All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Miller D, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z,Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2012, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD,, based on November 2014 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2015.

Suggested Citation

All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Prostate Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD,

This factsheet focuses on population statistics that are based on the US population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer ProfilesExternal Web Site Policy.

The statistics presented in this factsheet are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.

Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. This factsheet does not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although it provides links to information in many of these areas.