Prostate cancer facts and figures

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Figures marked with an asterisk have been rounded. The more precise figures are at the bottom of the page.

Across the UK

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
  • Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer - that's more than 10,000 every year.
  • Over 40,000* men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year - that's more than 100* men diagnosed every day.
  • It's estimated that by 2030, prostate cancer will be the most common cancer.
  • One in eight men will get prostate cancer.
  • Over a quarter of a million* men are living with and after prostate cancer.
  • Two out of three adults don't know what the prostate gland does.

In Scotland

  • More than 2,800* men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
  • More than 800* men die from prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
  • Every day two men die from prostate cancer in Scotland.

In England

  • More than 34,000* men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England.
  • More than 9,000* men die from prostate cancer every year in England.
  • Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer in England.

In Wales

  • More than 2,400* men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Wales.
  • More than 500* men die every year from prostate cancer in Wales.

In Northern Ireland

  • 1,000* men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Northern Ireland.
  • More than 200* men die every year from prostate cancer in Northern Ireland.

Last updated: December 2013

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Exact figures

Figures marked with an asterisk have been rounded. The more precise figures are as follows:

  • 40,439 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK.
  • 10,636 men die from prostate cancer every year in the UK.
  • 111 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day in the UK.
  • 255,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in the UK.
  • 2,873 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
  • 846 men die from prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
  • 34,115 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England.
  • 9,016 men die from prostate cancer every year in England.
  • 2,451 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Wales.
  • 543 men die from prostate cancer every year in Wales.
  • 1,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Northern Ireland.
  • 231 men die from prostate cancer every year in Northern Ireland.
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References

Most common cancer in men

Cancer incidence for common cancers: Twenty most common cancers. Cancer Research UK [Internet]. 2010. Available from: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/incidence/commoncancers/#Twenty

Prostate cancer incidence

Cancer incidence, males, ICD10 C61 : Prostate, 2008-2010. National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), UK Cancer Information Service (UKCIS), accessed June 2013 [Internet]. Available from: http://www.ncin.org.uk/cancer_information_tools/eatlas/

Prostate cancer mortality

Cancer mortality, males, ICD10 C61 : Prostate, 2009-2011. National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), UK Cancer Information Service (UKCIS), accessed June 2013 [Internet]. Available from: http://www.ncin.org.uk/cancer_information_tools/eatlas/

It's estimated that by 2030, prostate cancer will be the most common cancer in the UK
Mistry M, Parkin DM, Ahmad AS, Sasieni P. Cancer incidence in the United Kingdom: projections to the year 2030. Br J Cancer. 2011 Nov 22;105(11):1795–803. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3242594/

1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer
Prostate cancer incidence statistics: Lifetime risk. Cancer Research UK. 2010. Available from: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/types/prostate/incidence/#Lifetime

Prevalence - Over a quarter of a million men
Maddams J, Utley M, Møller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. Br J Cancer [Internet]. 2012 Sep 25;107(7):1195–202. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22892390

Two out of three adults don't know what the prostate gland does
Dr Foster Intelligence. Progress towards the 2020 goals: The 2011 baseline public awareness survey. Dr Foster Intelligence for Prostate Cancer UK. 2011. 3,671 adults were interviewed as part of a public awareness survey for Prostate Cancer UK. Results have been weighted to represent the national population in the UK.