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Cancer Health Library : Prostate Cancer


Cancer Types - Prostate Cancer Statistics

Some of these statistics are from information published by the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, a continuing project of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The SEER Program collects cancer data on a routine basis from designated population-based cancer registries in various areas of the country. Trends in cancer incidence, mortality and patient survival in the US, as well as many other studies, are derived from this data bank.

Goals of the SEER Program include:

`gt; Assembling and reporting, on a periodic basis, estimates of cancer incidence and mortality in the US.

`gt; Monitoring annual cancer incidence trends to identify unusual changes in specific forms of cancer occurring in population subgroups defined by geographic, demographic, and social characteristics.

`gt; Providing continuing information on changes over time in the extent of disease at diagnosis, trends in therapy, and associated changes in patient survival.

`gt; Promoting studies designed to identify factors amenable to cancer control interventions, such as:

a) environmental, occupational, socioeconomic, dietary, and health-related exposures

b) screening practices, early detection, and treatment

c) determinants of the length and quality of patient survival

Statistics on prostate cancer:

Consider the following statistics related to prostate cancer:

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer.
  • American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates for 2012 include 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer in the US.
  • Year 2012 estimates include 28,170 deaths occurring from prostate cancer in the US alone, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in men.
  • All men are at risk for prostate cancer. The risk increases with age, and family history also increases the risk.
  • African-American men are more likely to have prostate cancer than Caucasian men, and have nearly a two-fold higher mortality rate than Caucasian men. The reasons for this are not known.

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