Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK - it accounts for nearly a quarter (24%) of all new male cancer diagnoses. Although there has been a huge rise in prostate cancer incidence over the last 20 years, this has not been reflected in mortality rates. Much of the increase in incidence can be attributed to the incidental discovery of prostate cancers following transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and, more recently, the use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing.
In 2008, there were 37,051 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the UK, that is around 101 men every day or one man every 15 minutes. It has been estimated that the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 is 1 in 9 for men in the UK
Prostate cancer risk is strongly related to age: very few cases are registered in men under 50 and around three-quarters of cases occur in men over 65 years. The largest number of cases is diagnosed in those aged 70-74.
In the UK, Chinegwundoh showed in 2006 (see "publication" page) that black men had a three-fold higher risk of developing clinical prostate cancer than white men.
from Cancer Research UK downloaded 21 February 2012
prostate ca rates CRUK.xlsx
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