Prostate Cancer Survival RatesThursday, February 5th, 2009
Prostate cancer survival rates vary widely worldwide because the incidence of the disease itself varies widely. The disease is relatively uncommon in South and East Asia, quite common in the UK and most common in the United States.
Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Worldwide
World wide it is the 9th most common cancer, but in the United States it is the most common type of cancer in men. Next to Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer is the second largest cause of cancer related deaths among men in the United States. Prostate Cancer accounts for 10% of all cancer related deaths among men in the United States.
Despite its high incidence, prostate cancer survival rates are quite high in the United States. The disease affects 18% of American men, but causes death in 3% only. Comparatively, prostate cancer survival rates are not so high in the UK, where out of 35,000 cases detected, nearly 10,000 deaths occur each year. In Japan deaths from Prostate Cancer are only one fifth of those occurring in the United States and half of those in the UK.
Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Poorer in Developed Countries?
The incidence of Prostate Cancer is thus higher and the overall prognosis poorer in the developed world, except in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, there will be 186,320 new cases detected, that is 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime, but only 1 in 35 will succumb.
Prostate Cancer Survival Rates
The overall 5 year survival rate for prostate Cancer in the US is 100%, the 10 year survival rate is 92% and the 15 year survival rate is 70%. The high prostate cancer survival rates are primarily because nearly 91% of cases in the United States are detected while the cancer is still contained within the Prostate or in nearby areas. For men whose cancer has already spread to distant parts of the body, 32% will reach the 5 year survival mark.
Prostate Cancer is a slow growing cancer generally affecting men over 50 years of age. It is supposed that the incidence of the disease might be lower in developing countries because most men succumb to other illnesses long before the Prostate Cancer has a chance to grow to the magnitude where it will cause mortality and even lower the Prostate Cancer Survival Rates.