Prostate Cancer Statistics – Australia

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men worldwide. Around 20,000 men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer in Australia. Below we highlight key prostate cancer statistics for Australia and compare them with selected countries.

Did You Know?

  • prostate cancer kills more Aussies each year than breast cancer or melanoma
  • a man has a 1 in 5 risk of developing prostate cancer by the age of 85
  • prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia
  • on average 55 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day in Australia

Prostate Cancer in Australia by Age Group

98% of of men diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia are 50 years of age or older.

Number of diagnosed cases of prostate cancer in Australia broken down by year and age group.

Age Group 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
0-9 1 1 0 0 0
10-19 0 1 0 1 0
20-29 0 0 2 0 1
30-39 4 8 9 9 7
40-49 270 320 370 462 528
50-59 2880 3075 3347 3599 3617
60-69 5840 6383 7283 7956 7489
70-79 5192 5297 5660 5981 5257
80+ 2593 2618 2901 2890 2535
All Ages 16780 17703 19572 20898 19434

 

PSA testing has made prostate cancer detectable at an earlier age. Since 1990 the number of men in their fifties diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased 11-fold.

Every year during November the Movember campaign aims to raise awareness on prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates Worldwide

Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of prostate cancer in the world, largely due to the popularity of PSA testing. The table below presents age-standardised incidence and mortality rates per 100,000 in countries with the largest number of cases.

Country Incidence Rate Mortality Rate Cases
United States of America 83.8 9.7 186320
Germany 82.7 11.7 70792
France (metropolitan) 118.3 12.7 65862
Brazil 50.3 16.3 41602
Italy 58.4 9 40052
Japan 22.7 5 38619
United Kingdom 64 13.8 36700
China 4.3 1.8 33802
Canada 101.5 11.4 27314
Spain 57.2 10.5 25231
Russian Federation 26.1 10.8 22129
Australia 105 15.4 17835
Mexico 33.4 12.2 14917
India 3.7 2.5 14630
Argentina 58.8 15.6 13771
Poland 44.3 12.5 12523
The Netherlands 67.7 13.9 9718
Belgium 100.5 11.6 9687
Indonesia 10.6 8 9033
Sweden 95.5 19.9 8732
South African Republic 59.7 20.8 7574
Nigeria 22.7 18.6 7317
Ukraine 20.2 9.6 6712
New Zealand 99.7 15.1 3152

 

Resources

References

Prostate cancer statistics for Australia based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare material.

Prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates for selected countries:

Ferlay J, Shin HR, Bray F, Forman D, Mathers C and Parkin DM.
GLOBOCAN 2008 v2.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 10 [Internet].
Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2010. Available from: http://globocan.iarc.fr, accessed on 16, Sept. 2013