Prostate Cancer Statistics

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. We are dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, families and the wider community.

We do this by:

  • Promoting and funding world leading, innovative research into prostate cancer
  • Implementing awareness campaigns and education programs for the Australian Community, health professionals and Government
  • Supporting men and their families affected by prostate cancer through evidence-based information and resources, support groups and Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses.

PCFA receives government funding for specific projects and relies on the generosity of individuals, the community and partnerships.

Prostate cancer diagnoses doubled

Prostate cancer accounts for approximately 30% of cancers diagnosed each year in Australian men1. It is the second most common cause of cancer death, after lung cancer2. It has been estimated that around 120,000 Australian men are living with prostate cancer, and it is predicted that the number will increase to 267,000 by 20173.

Comparing with other cancers, prostate cancer has one of the highest 5-year survival rates of 92% after diagnosis4.

The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with age. The risk of having prostate cancer by the age of 75 is 1 in 8 men. By the age of 85, the number increases to 1 in 65.

Men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer have a higher chance of developing prostate cancer than men with so such history6.

PCFA advises men over age 50, or 40 with a family history of prostate cancer, should talk to their doctor about testing for prostate cancer. Men should make an individual informed decision about testing based on discussion with their doctors.

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2012). Cancer incidence projections: Australia, 2011 to 2020. Cancer Series no. 66. Cat. No. CAN 62. Canberra: AIHW.
  2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2012). Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012. Cancer series no. 74. Cat. no. CAN 70. Canberra: AIHW.
  3. Smith, D. (2012). Prostate cancer incidence, mortality & prevalence in Australia: current status and future trends. Cancer Council NSW
  4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2012). Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012. Cancer series no. 74. Cat. no. CAN 70. Canberra: AIHW.
  5. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2012). Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012. Cancer series no. 74. Cat. no. CAN 70. Canberra: AIHW.
  6. Turner, B., & Drudge-Coates, L. (2010). Prostate cancer: risk factors, diagnosis and management. Cancer Nursing Practice, 9(10), 29-35.

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