Some statistics about prostate cancer from the American Cancer Society:
There are 60% more cases of prostate cancer in African-American men than white men. African-American men are also more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer. The reasons why are not known. But some risk factors may play a part. These include differences in diet, workplace, hormones, and genes.
About 233,000 men in the U.S. will get prostate cancer in 2014. It is the most common cancer in men, not including skin cancer. Nearly two-thirds of these men will be age 65 or older.
Nearly all men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive at least 5 years. And 99% survive at least 10 years. Ninety-four percent survive at least 15 years. This includes all stages and grades of prostate cancer. It also includes all treatments.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S., after lung cancer. About 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer in 2014.