Prostate Cancer Statistics

About this Video

In this video, Hans Rosling briefly reviews the risk of getting diagnosed with, and the risk of dying from, prostate cancer in the world.

The data is compiled by IARC ( International Agency for research on Cancer) in Lyon, France. The most striking is the high rate of diagnosis per 100 000 men in USA and some countries in West Europe. In contrast, Japan has a very low rate and the most probable explanation is a genetic predisposition in men of European origin. The data is displayed in bubbles for each country and the color of the bubbles refers to the continent where each country is situated.

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9 thoughts on “Prostate Cancer Statistics

  1. What’s intriguing regarding the swedish data is the fact that despite the increase in the diagnosis there is no reduction in the deaths.

    One would think that better diagnostics would reduce the death from this cancer.
    It may be related the change in lifestyle (eating more stuff that augment the risk) or to the higher life expectancy.

    It does seems odd however.

  2. Health care can be considered a luxury good. When countries get richer, then may choose to spend more of their disposable money on health care. The fear of “bad” prostate cancer may be one thing that gets more of these resources allocated to health care over time. But to Hed’s point, that money may not necessarily be well spent: it alleviates our fear, but doesn’t reduce the death rate.

    If you have aggressive prostate cancer, it’s going to get you before it can be diagnosed. If you invest heavily in screening, you’re going to find mostly slow-growing, less aggressive cancers. Thus, the hard “line” at the bottom of this data.

  3. I suggest you compare countries where men sit down while peeing and where they stan up.
    I have read an article about a research where they tried to find out why there was a smaller risk for Muslim men to get prostate-cancer. They found no difference in the lifestyle or eating habits that could explain these facts. But Muslim men sit down while peeing. This means that they empty their bladder better than their brothers standing up. The little pee left in the bladder every time can make a difference in the risk of getting prostate cancer.

  4. To Hed:
    It may be you’re overinterpreting the information. Your conclusion is that prostate cancer IS in fact being overdiagnosed. Maybe it is, but this doesn’t prove that thesis. Note that the x-axis represents DEATHS PER 100.000 MEN, not deaths per 100.000 diagnosed.
    It may well be that lifestyle factors related to increasing actually cause the cancer type to on the rise. If that is the case then having the same death rate per 100.000 pop is in fact an improvement. In other words, more cancers are being cured.
    Another possible conclusion is that the diagnosis improvements primarily catch the less aggressive form, which may not be lethal. However, successful treatment of prostate cancer can drastically improve quality of life for the patient.

    To Pia:
    “This means that they empty their bladder better than their brothers standing up.” Is this a fact or is it just your assumption? There are so many more differentiating factors between muslim and western men.
    “…found no difference in the lifestyle or eating habits that could explain these facts…” This is so ovbiously untrue – Muslim men don’t eat pork, and they pray kneeling down up to 5(?) times a day – maybe not eating pork and the exercise has beneficial effects? I’m kidding of cours – This data don’t prove that either.

  5. Sorry, missed a couple of words there:
    It may well be that lifestyle factors related to increasing OPULENCE actually cause the cancer type to be on the rise.

  6. Having recently been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer myself (and living in the UK) I’m particularly interested in this data. I disagree with Hans’ assumption that ethnicity is a major factor. Diet and lifestyle (particularly consumption of dairy) are more likely to be causative. Asian countries have much lower consumption of milk. However when Japanese men move to the West, their PCa rates become comparable to the USA and UK. This disproves the genetic ethnicity rationale.

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