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Prostate cancer mortality statistics

Mortality statistics for prostate cancer by country in the UK, age and trends over time are presented here. There are also data by geography and socio-economic variation. The ICD code for prostate cancer is ICD-10 C61.

The latest mortality statistics available for prostate cancer in the UK are 2011. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.

 

By country in the UK

Prostate cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer death in the UK (2011), accounting for around 7% of all cancer deaths. Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among men (2011) in the UK, accounting for 13% of all male deaths from cancer.1-3

In 2011, there were 10,793 deaths from prostate cancer in the UK (Table 2.1).1-3 The crude mortality rate shows that there are 35 prostate cancer deaths for every 100,000 males in the UK.

The European age-standardised mortality rates (AS rates) do not differ significantly between the constituent countries of the UK (Table 2.1).1-3

Table 2.1: Prostate Cancer (C61), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2011

England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland UK
Deaths 9,123 537 900 233 10,793
Crude Rate 34.9 35.7 35.3 26.2 34.7
AS Rate 23.8 21.9 24.5 21.7 23.7
AS Rate - 95% LCL 23.4 20.0 22.9 18.9 23.3
AS Rate - 95% UCL 24.3 23.8 26.1 24.5 24.2

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95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper confidence limits around the AS Rate

The latest analysis of prostate cancer mortality rates throughout the UK reports only modest variation.4,5

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By age

Prostate cancer mortality is strongly related to age, with the highest mortality rates being in older men. In the UK between 2009 and 2011, an average of 73% of prostate cancer deaths were in men aged 75 years and over, and more than 99% were in the 50s and over (Figure 2.1).1-3

Age-specific mortality rates rise sharply from around age 50, with the highest rates in the 85+ age group (Figure 2.1).1-3  

Figure 2.1: Prostate Cancer (C61) Average Number of Deaths Per Year and Age-Specific Mortality Rates, UK, 2009-2011

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Trends over time

Prostate cancer mortality rates have increased overall in the UK since the early 1970s (Figure 2.2).1-3 The European AS mortality rates remained fairly stable during the 1970s, but then increased by 41% between 1979-1981 and 1992-1994, and decreased by 19% between 1992-1994 and 2009-2011. Over the last decade (between 2000-2002 and 2009-2011), the European AS mortality rates have decreased by 11%.

The impact of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing makes it difficult to untangle the reasons behind the decrease in mortality; however, improvements in treatment (including radical prostatectomy, adjuvant hormone therapy, and radiotherapy), as well as earlier diagnosis (often as a result of PSA testing), are thought to have contributed to the trend.6-8 In the US, where PSA testing is used much more widely than in the UK, it has been suggested that PSA testing led to an artefactual increase in mortality rates (as deaths in men with latent, non-lethal prostate tumours diagnosed through PSA testing were erroneously attributed to the prostate cancer), and so the subsequent decrease in mortality rates may just represent a return to the background trend that would have been observed if PSA testing had not been used; however this explanation seems less likely for the UK.9-14

Figure 2.2: Prostate Cancer (C61), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, UK, 1971-2011 

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Prostate cancer mortality rates have increased overall for most of the broad age groups in the UK since the early 1970s (Figure 2.3).1-3 The largest increases have been in men aged 85 and over, with European AS mortality rates increasing by around two-thirds (66%) between 1971-1973 and 2009-2011. 

For men aged between 45 and 84, the European AS mortality rates increased from the early 1970s to the late 1980s or early 1990s, and then decreased thereafter such that in 2009-2011 the rates are either slightly above or similar to what they were in the early 1970s. Some studies have shown that older men are less likely to receive radical treatment;10,15,16 this may partly explain why the decrease seen in these younger groups is not seen in men aged 85 and over. 

Figure 2.3: Prostate Cancer (C61), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, By Age, UK, 1971-2011

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In Europe and worldwide

Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer in Europe for males, and the 6th most common cause of cancer death overall, with around 92,300 deaths from prostate cancer in 2012 (9% of male deaths and 5% of the total). In Europe (2012), the highest World age-standardised mortality rates for prostate cancer are in Lithuania; the lowest rates are in Malta. UK prostate cancer mortality rates are estimated to be the 15th highest in Europe.24 These data are broadly in line with Europe-specific data available elsewhere.25

Prostate cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer death worldwide for males, and the 8th most common cause of cancer death overall, with more than 307,000 deaths from prostate cancer in 2012 (7% of male deaths and 4% of the total). Prostate cancer mortality rates are highest in the Caribbean and lowest in South Central Asia, but this partly reflects varying data quality worldwide.24

Use our interactive map to explore the data for prostate cancer.

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By socio-economic variation

There is no evidence for an association between prostate cancer mortality and deprivation in England.21 England-wide data for 2007-2011 show European age-standardised mortality rates are similar for males living in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived (Figure 2.4).21

Figure 2.4: Prostate Cancer (C61), European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates by Deprivation Quintile, Males, England, 2007-2011

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The estimated gap in prostate cancer mortality between males living in the most and the least deprived areas in England has not changed in the period 2002-2011.21

Associations with deprivation have also been investigated for incidence.

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References for prostate cancer mortality

  1. Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, March 2013. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html?definition=tcm%3A77-27475.
  2. Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, November 2012. Similar data can be found here: http://gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vital-events/general/ref-tables/index.html.
  3. Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2013. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp22.htm.
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Updated: 29 May 2014