Prostate cancer preventability statistics

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Prostate cancer incidence

In 2013, 47,189 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Of these, about 20% were advanced prostate cancer. This type of cancer does not affect women, as they do not have a prostate.

Prostate cancer mortality

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in the UK. In 2013, 10,870 men died of prostate cancer.

Proportion preventable

Scientists estimate the following proportion of advanced prostate cancer cases could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:

Lifestyle factor Increase or decrease risk? Approximate % preventable
Body fatness Increase 9

Find out more about preventability estimates or, for more detailed information, download appendix A of our policy report.


The figures come from the following sources: incidence for EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland; mortality for England and WalesScotland and Northern Ireland.