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Prostate Cancer

Adenocarcinoma of the prostate is the second most common cancer in men in the United States (following only skin cancer) and accounts for 29 percent of all newly diagnosed male cancers.

According to the American Cancer Society, 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed during 2012 and about 28,170 men will die from this disease.

Prevention and most important, early detection, are essential to optimizing treatment outcomes.

Estimated New Cancer Cases *: Males vs. Females

MALES

FEMALES

Prostate

241,740

29%

Breast

226,870

  29%

Lung & bronchus

116,470

14%

Lung & bronchus

109,690

  14%

Colon & rectum

 73,420

  9%

Colon & rectum

 70,040

    9%

Urinary bladder

 55,600

  7%

Uterine corpus

 47,130

    6%

Melanoma-skin

 44,250

  5%

Thyroid

 43,210

    5%

Kidney & renal pelvis

 40,250  

  5%

Melanoma-skin

  32,000

    4%

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

 38,160

  4%

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 

  31,970

    4%

Oral cavity & pharynx

 28,540

  3%

Kidney & renal pelvis

  24,520

    3%

Leukemia

 26,830

  3%

Ovary

  22,280

    3%

Pancreas
 22,090   3%
Pancreas
  21,830
    3%

All Sites

848,170

100%

All Sites

790,740

100%

Estimated Cancer Deaths: Males vs. Females

MALES        

FEMALES

Lung & bronchus

87,750

29%

Lung & bronchus

72,590

26%

Prostate

28,170

  9%

Breast

39,510

14%

Colon & rectum

26,470

  9%

Colon & rectum

25,220

  9%

Pancreas

18,850

  6%

Pancreas

18,540

  7%

Liver & intrahepatic bile duct

13,980

  5%

Ovary

15,500

  6%

Leukemia

13,500

  4%

Leukemia

10,040

  4%

Esophagus

12,040

  4%

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

  8,620

  3%

Urinary Bladder

10,510

  3%

Uterine corpus

  8,010

  3%

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

10,320

  3%

Liver & intrahepatic bile duct

  6,570

  2%

Kidney & renal pelvis

8,650

  3%

Brain & other nervous system

  5,980

  2%

All Sites

301,820

100%

All Sites

275,370

100%

Table: Leading New Cancer Cases and Deaths, by Sex, US, 2012 Estimates.

* Excludes basal and squamous cell skin cancers and in situ carcinomas except urinary bladder.

© 2012, American Cancer Society, Inc., Surveillance Research