What is the Life Expectancy of a Man With Prostate Cancer?


Prostate cancer is by far the most common type of cancer in males, and many older adults will have a form of prostate cancer at the moment of their death. But that doesn’t mean they will die from prostate cancer or complications of this disease. Prostate tumors usually grow very slowly, and only a few spread to other tissues. The survival rate is very high, and the mortality rate is only alarming if you have risk factors for aggressive disease.

Your risk of aggressive disease is higher if you are diagnosed at a young age, if your Gleason score or the staging of cancer is high, and if you had local or distant spreads at the time of the diagnosis. When you’re diagnosed at a young age, the survival rate is reduced because you’re more likely to have a genetic cause of the disease. And even if you don’t, there’s enough time for prostate cancer to grow and become dangerous in the future. If you have a high Gleason score or prostate cancer stage, the cancer cells are already developing dangerous traits that may trigger the tumor’s aggressiveness.