Prostate cancer statistics

Last medical review:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada.

To provide the most current cancer statistics, statistical methods are used to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

It is estimated that in 2021:

  • 24,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 20% of all new cancer cases in men in 2021.
  • 4,500 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2021.
  • On average, 66 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 12 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.

Estimated Canadian prostate cancer statistics (2021)

Category

Males

New cases

24,000

Deaths

4,500

5-year net survival (estimates for 2015 to 2017)

91%

Diagram of percentage of prostate cancer cases to all other cancers in men 2021
Diagram of percentage of prostate cancer cases to all other cancers in men 2021
Diagram of percentage of prostate cancer deaths to all other cancer deaths in men 2021
Diagram of percentage of prostate cancer deaths to all other cancer deaths in men 2021

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from prostate cancer

It is estimated that about 1 in 8 Canadian men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 29 will die from it.

For more information about cancer statistics, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics.

Expert review and references

  • Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2021. Canadian Cancer Society; 2021.