According to 18 registries from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program between 2008 and 2014, the 5-year survival rate of prostate cancer was 98%.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among older men. In the United States, prostate cancer is diagnosed in one in five men; the total number of men with prostate cancer was estimated to reach 164,690 in 2018. The average age of individuals with newly diagnosed prostate cancer is 66, and it is rarely found among men under 40 years old. For a reason that remains unclear, the risk developing prostate cancer is 74% higher among black men than non-Hispanic white men. In most cases (91%), prostate cancer has spread to adjacent organs before it is diagnosed. This is known as the regional stage. The 5-year survival rate of men with regional prostate cancer is almost 100%, and 98% are alive after 10 years. However, when cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is only 30%.
In the United States, prostate cancer is the second most common cause of death among men; an estimated 29,430 men will die from prostate cancer this year. Although the number of deaths due to prostate cancer is decreasing among all ethnic groups, the fatality rate among black men is still two times that of all other ethnic groups. Survival is dependent on the type and stage of the prostate cancer.