How prevalent is prostate cancer?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Lanna Cheuck, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Prostate cancer is the most common noncutaneous cancer in men, making the diagnosis and staging of this cancer of great medical and public interest. Although prostate cancer can be slow growing, the disease nonetheless accounts for almost 10% of cancer-related deaths in males, with thousands of men dying of prostate cancer each year (see the image below).

Estimated incidence of and mortality from prostate Estimated incidence of and mortality from prostate cancer. Courtesy of the American Cancer Society.

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