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Prostate vs Breast Cancer: What’s Deadlier? Latest Stats

When prostate vs breast cancer is discussed, people often wonder which one is more deadly.

Which cancer will knock the life out of you?

The truth is that breast cancer kills around 17% of women diagnosed with it, whereas prostate cancer kills about 15%.

Prostate Cancer 5-year survival rate in the US

In the United States in 2018, men had about 211,894 new prostate cancers. Unfortunately, about 31,488 of these men died from their cancer. Thus, men get more new cases of prostate cancer than they die from it.

Out of the people diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2011 and 2017, 97% are still alive 5 years later.

Survival rates are high because many prostate cancers may not grow or develop slowly. When screening for prostate cancer, the goal is to find ones that might grow if not treated. Talk with your doctor about the benefits of screening and its risks so you can make a decision.

[source: CDC Prostate cancer stats]

Breast Cancer 5-year survival rate in the US

2018 breast cancer graph

In the US in 2018, there were 254,744 new cases of breast cancer. Of that number, 42,465 women died from it. So women are much more likely to get breast cancer than they are to die from it.

About 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2011 and 2017 are alive 5 years later.

Survival is higher when breast cancer is found before it has spread to the rest of the body. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. When it’s found early, treatment will be easier and before symptoms happen.

[source: CDC Breast cancer stats]

Prostate vs. Breast cancer

In the year 2018, breast cancer is more deadly than prostate cancer. Of the 254,744 breast cancers diagnosed, 16.67% of women died from it. In comparison, prostate cancer death is only at 14.86% of 211,894.

Also, the 5-year survival rate among prostate cancer patients is much higher compared to breast cancer patients. So, your chance of living longer is much greater at 97% after a bout against prostate cancer compared to 90% with breast cancer.


Prostate cancer and breast cancer are both deadly. Men tend to hate going to the doctor’s office because they are too busy putting food on the table.

However, men’s health should be a top priority to take better care of their families for a long time.

It’s time to take better care of your mind and body. Start exercising and adopt a healthier diet.

And, if you lack specific vitamins and minerals, consider supplements if getting them from food is not possible or challenging.

Remember, your child’s health starts with you.

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One comment

  1. Frank

    You failed to mention that breast cancer gets many times more funding than prostate cancer, both public and private, The PSA exam is the gold standard for prostate cancer diagnosis, despite the numerous false positives – and the fact that the inventor never intended for the test to diagnose prostate cancer,

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