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State of Alaska

Health Indicator Report of Cancer - Prostate Cancer Mortality

Prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in U.S. men and the second leading cause cancer death in men after lung cancer. It is estimated that in the United States in 2018 there will be 29,430 deaths from prostate cancer. The highest rate of mortality from prostate cancer are among Black men. The percentage of prostate cancer deaths is highest among men age 75-84, with a median age at death of 80 years.^1^ However, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it; the U.S. 5-year relative survival rate for prostate cancer after 5 years is 98.2%.^1^ Mortality rates tell us about the rate at which people die of cancer. This rate is a function of the number of new cases each year and how long people live with the disease. When examined along with the rate of new incidence cases, cancer mortality rates can show if progress is being made in increasing cancer survival over time.[[br]] [[br]] ---- {{class .SmallerFont 1. [https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/prost.html Cancer Stat Facts: Prostate Cancer] [[br]] }}

Notes

Click on the icon to the lower right of the graph to display confidence intervals. [[br]] Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. [[br]] Numerator is the number of cases.

Data Sources

  • [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/default.aspx Alaska Health Analytics and Vital Records], Division of Public Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • National Center for Health Statistics

Data Interpretation Issues

Cancer cases do not include in situ. Mortality rates may vary from source to source. This may be due to using provisional data or using different population databases. The cancer mortality rates provided by the [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/chronic/pages/cancer/registry.aspx Alaska Cancer Registry] use population estimates provided by the [http://seer.cancer.gov/ Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER)] of the [http://www.cancer.gov/ National Cancer Institute]. In contrast, [http://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/pop/index.cfm Alaska Vital Statistics] uses [http://labor.alaska.gov/research/pop/popest.htm population estimates] provided by the State Demographer in the [http://laborstats.alaska.gov/ Research and Analysis Section] of the [http://labor.alaska.gov/ Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development].

Definition

Rate of mortality from prostate cancer per 100,000 males.

Numerator

Number of deaths due to prostate cancer among men for a specific time period.

Denominator

Mid-year male resident population for a specific time period.

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the prostate cancer death rate

U.S. Target: 21.2 deaths per 100,000 males

How Are We Doing?

Prostate cancer was the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in Alaska during 2012-2016. Around the state for 1996-2016, the prostate cancer mortality ranged from a high of 52.0 per 100,000 males in Valdez-Cordova Census Area to a low of 14.4 per 100,000 males in Nome Census Area, compared to the statewide rate of 21.9. There were several borough/census areas for which rates were not calculated because they had less than 6 cases. By race for 1996-2016, Black men by far had the highest prostate mortality rate than any other race at 46.0 per 100,000 males, compared to 22.2 for White men, 19.8 for Alaska Native men, and Asian/Pacific Islander men had the lowest rate at 9.7.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In recent years the Alaska rates of prostate cancer mortality have been very close to the U.S. rates. As of 2004, Alaska's rates are similar to the U.S. trend, and both are decreasing with time. In 2016, Alaska's prostate cancer mortality rate was 18.9 per 100,000 males compared with the U.S. rate of also 18.9 in 2015.
Page Content Updated On 05/24/2018, Published on 05/24/2018
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Content updated: Thu, 24 May 2018 11:20:17 AKDT
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Content updated: Thu, 24 May 2018 11:20:17 AKDT