The Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition (MPCC) educates, connects, and supports men-at-risk, newly diagnosed individuals, survivors, and their families. It also connects organizations and professionals in Massachusetts that seek to conquer and cure prostate cancer.
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Five Facts about Prostate Cancer
1PrevalenceProstate cancer is the most common (non-skin) cancer in American men, representing 33% of all new cases.
2Prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 men.1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. In 2015, nearly 6,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in Massachusetts, with an incidence rate of 4%-6% higher than the national average.
3Second leading cause of cancer death in men.Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.
4Prostate cancer top risk factors.
African-American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men. Asian-Americans and Hispanic/Latinos have lower rates of prostate cancer than non-Hispanic white men.
Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.
5This year over 27,000 men will die of prostate cancer.
Yet, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer will not die from it. In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today.
Statistics from The American Cancer Society 2017
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