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