Friday, October 28, 2016

An update on the age distribution of prostate cancer

The median age keeps slipping downward. Recent SEER statistics show the median age at diagnosis is 66. When I started checking these age-related statistics the median age was 68.

Still, 0.0% are diagnosed under the age of 35. This is not, despite the occasional outlier, a young man's disease.  At the time of my diagnosis (age 43) I was in a rarefied group. Only 0.6% of patients are diagnosed between 35 and 44.

The median age at death is 80.  That has not changed.

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