Prostate cancer statistics

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, researchers use statistical methods 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 2020:

  • 23,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 20% of all new cancer cases in men in 2020.
  • 4,200 men will die from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2020.
  • On average, 64 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.

Estimated Canadian prostate cancer statistics (2020)

Category

Males

New cases

23,300

Deaths

4,200

5-year net survival (estimates for 2012 to 2014)

93%

 

Diagram of percentage of new cancer cases with prostate cancer 2020
Diagram of percentage of new cancer cases with prostate cancer 2020
Diagram of percentage of estimated cancer deaths including prostate cancer 2020
Diagram of percentage of estimated cancer deaths including prostate cancer 2020

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from prostate cancer

It is estimated that about 1 in 9 Canadian men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 29 will die from it.

For more information, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics.

Expert review and references