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Cancer statistics: Prostate

Prostate cancer: Incidence

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. In 2011, 41,725 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

This type of cancer does not affect women, as they do not have a prostate.

Prostate cancer: Mortality

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in the UK. In 2011, 10,818 men died of prostate cancer.

Proportion preventable

Scientists estimate the following proportion of prostate cancer cases could be prevented in the UK:

Lifestyle factor Does having more increase or decrease risk? Approximate % preventable in UK through healthy changes
Foods containing lycopene Decrease 20

Lycopene is a substance that occurs in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables.

The evidence also shows that diets high in calcium are probably a risk factor for prostate cancer.

You can find out more about how these preventability estimates were calculated. For detailed information about what change would be needed for each factor, download Appendix A of the Policy Report on the Diet and Cancer Report website.

The figures on incidence and mortality come from the following sources: for England (incidence); for Wales (incidence); for England and Wales (mortality); for Scotland; and for Northern Ireland.

Note - Northern Ireland mortality figures are for 2010 not 2011.

Worldwide cancer statistics pie chart

Page last reviewed: July 2013
Page next due for review: July 2014
The information on this page is based on the findings of our Expert Report and is covered by the Information Standard.

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