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Survival

Find out about survival for prostate cancer.

Survival depends on many factors, so no one can tell you exactly how long you’ll live. It depends on your individual condition, type of cancer, treatment and level of fitness.

These are general statistics based on large groups of patients. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case.

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis).

You can also talk about this with the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Survival by stage

Stage 1

Almost everyone will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

The cancer is completely contained within the prostate gland. It takes up less than half of one side of the prostate.

Stage 2

Almost everyone will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

The cancer is contained within the prostate but takes up more than half of one side.

Stage 3

Almost 95 out of every 100 men (almost 95%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

The cancer has broken through the capsule (covering) of the prostate.

Stage 4

30 out of every 100 men (30%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

The cancer has spread into nearby lymph nodes or organs, or other parts of the body.

Survival for all stages of prostate cancer

For men with prostate cancer in England and Wales

  • around 95 out of 100 (around 95%) will survive their cancer for 1 year or more
  • almost 90 out of 100 (almost 90%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more
  • more than 80 out of 100 (more than 80%) will survive their cancer for 10 years or more

What affects survival

Your outlook depends on the stage of the cancer when it was diagnosed. This means how big it is and whether it has spread.

The type of prostate cancer also affects your likely survival.

Outlook is affected by how the cells look under the microscope (the grade) and the pattern of the cells in the prostate tissue. This is your Gleason score. Men with a higher Gleason score have a poorer outlook.

Your outlook also depends on your PSA level. A high PSA level may mean your cancer grows more quickly.

Your age and general health also affect your chance of surviving prostate cancer.

About these statistics

Doctors often use the term 5 year survival. It doesn't mean you will only live for 5 years. It relates to the number of people in research who live 5 years or more after their diagnosis of cancer. Many people live much longer than 5 years.

More statistics

Read more about cancer statistics and incidence, mortality and survival statistics.

For more in-depth information about survival and prostate cancer, go to our Cancer Statistics section.

Information and help

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