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Survival

Find out about survival for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland. 

Survival depends on many different factors. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. It depends on your:

  • type and stage of cancer
  • level of fitness
  • previous treatment

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 (almost 100%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Stage 2

Almost everyone (almost 100%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Stage 3

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

Stage 4

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

Survival for all stages of prostate cancer

Generally for men with prostate cancer in England and Wales

  • almost 95 out of 100 (almost 95%) will survive their cancer for 1 year or more
  • around 85 out of 100 (around 85%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more
  • almost 85 out of 100 (almost 85%) 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 and how likely they are to grow. 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

The terms 1 year survival and 5 year survival don't mean that you will only live for 1 or 5 years. They relate to the number of people who are still alive 1 year or 5 years after their diagnosis of cancer.

Some people live much longer than 5 years.

More statistics

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

Last reviewed: 
06 Jul 2016
  • Cancer Research UK Cancer Statistics
    Prostate cancer statistics

  • Cancer: Principles and practice of oncology (10th edition)
    VT De Vita, TS Lawrence and SA Rosenberg
    Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2015   

  • Cancer and its management (7th edition)
    Tobias J and Hochhauser D
    Blackwell, 2015

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