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Study says prostate cancer rates expected to double worldwide by 2040

The report also predicts prostate cancer deaths will climb to almost 700,000 globally by 2040 — mainly among men in low-and middle-income countries.
Study says prostate cancer rates expected to double worldwide by 2040
Posted at 5:33 PM, Apr 04, 2024

Researchers are warning global prostate cancer cases are set to double in a 20-year span. In a new report out in the Lancet, a team of researchers state that in 2020, global prostate cancer cases were around 1.4 million, and that an estimated 2.9 million people will have prostate cancer in 2040.

The report also predicts prostate cancer deaths will climb to almost 700,000 globally by 2040 — mainly among men in low-and middle-income countries.

The latest World Health Organization data shows nearly 400,000 prostate cancer deaths occurred in 2022.

When looking at the United States, The American Cancer Society estimates this year the U.S. will see nearly 300,000 prostate cancer cases and about 35,000 deaths.

Prostate cancer is at its basic level caused by DNA changes to normal prostate cells. Certain genetic factors, age, race and ethnicity also play a role according to the American Cancer Society.

So why the rise? One reason: More of our population is aging. Six in ten U.S. prostate cancers are found in men older than 65.

As far as deaths, the majority of fatal cases doctors are seeing are in the later stages — like Stage 4. The cancer usually has spread to other parts of the body. Treatments can shrink or slow such cancers, but usually not cure them. Like with any cancer, early screening that leads to diagnosing early is key. Doctors now advocate for genetic testing that can also help as there are new genetic treatments for some prostate cancer.

There’s also hope of artificial intelligence in prostate health detection.

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