Urology Health Foundation


Key Statistics About Prostate Cancer

Sources: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, www.cancer.org; National Cancer Institute, Factsheet: Early Prostate Cancer; Zero -- The Project to End Prostate Cancer, "10 Things Everyone Should Know About Prostate Cancer."

  • Prostate cancer will affect 1 in 6 American men during their lifetime.  For the year 2016, it is estimated that 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., and 2,950 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Alabama.
  • African-American men have a higher incidence of prostate cancer (1 in 4 lifetime risk) and are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men. 
  • The chances of getting prostate cancer are 1 in 3 if a man has one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. For men with several affected relatives, the risk is much higher.
  • Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of male cancer-related death in the U.S. For the year 2016, it is estimated that 26,120 men will die from this disease in the U.S., and that 470 men will die from this disease in Alabama.
  • Nearly 100% of men who are diagnosed with localized prostate cancer (cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate) are still alive 5 years from diagnosis. Of those men who are diagnosed in the late stages of the disease, 33.4% survive 5 years.
  • Due to the widespread use of PSA testing in the U.S., approximately 90 percent of all prostate cancers are currently diagnosed at an early stage.