Prostate cancer affects a large number of men yet few know exactly how prevalent the cancer is. To better understand the disease, its important to look at statistics which help you to realize the risks faced by the condition. In this article, well relay some statistics that have been gathered from various sources regarding prostate cancer.
– An estimated 1 in 6 men in the United States will become afflicted with a case of prostate cancer. This accounts for an estimated 234,460 cases of prostate cancer being diagnosed per year in the United States alone. Although prostate cancer is often treatable, roughly 1 in 34 men living in the United States will die as a result of prostate cancer. It is also important to note, however, that there are an approximate 1.8 million men in the United States who have survived a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
– Prostate cancer represents the highest risk of death in men when it comes to cancer. Statistics provided by the American Cancer Society show that an estimated 27,350 men in the United States alone will die of prostate cancer this year, and roughly 9 percent of all cancer-related deaths in men are due to prostate cancer.
– Prostate cancer is easy to treat when it is in its beginning stages of growth. 91 percent of all diagnoses of prostate cancer occur in the early stages known as the local and regional stages. This means that these cases of prostate cancer is either exclusively in the prostate, or has only spread to a small surrounding area including the lymph nodes.
– The rate of survival for 5 years after a diagnosis of local or regional skin cancer is nearly 100 percent. The 5-year rate of survival for those who have a prostate cancer that has spread outside of the immediate area is approximately 34 percent, so its important to catch the disease as soon as possible.
– While these statistics were found using rigorous research techniques, it is impossible to determine the long-term rates of survival in those presently with the disease. With the advent of new medicines and technologies, death due to prostate cancer has dropped considerably in the past few years, which has led the mortality rate of prostate cancer to decrease at least 3.5 percent after the study was conducted.
– African American men face a risk of developing prostate cancer that is higher than other demographics. They face an increased chance of about 60 percent in developing the disease as opposed to other demographics. In addition, African Americans face a mortality rate from the disease that is almost doubled.
– Prostate cancer can affect any age group, but with an age increase, the likelihood of developing prostate cancer increases. According to the National Cancer Institute, those aged 1 to 39 face a 1 in 10,000 risk of developing prostate cancer. From age 40 to 59, the risk grows to 1 in 45, and those age 60 and above face a 1 in 7 risk of developing the disease.