Prostate Cancer Overview

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How many men get prostate cancer?

The American Cancer Society's estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer
  • About 29,480 deaths from prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind only lung cancer. One man in 7 will get prostate cancer during his lifetime. And one man in 36 will die of this disease.

Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men found to have prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.


Last Medical Review: 08/27/2013
Last Revised: 09/12/2014