Statistics and Indicators

Prostate cancer – incidence and mortality

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the ACT (2011-2015). In 2015, there were 239 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in ACT men. The age-standardised incidence rate in 2015 was 127.5 cases per 100,000 males compared to 140.2 per 100,000 males for Australia in 2014.1
  • In 2014, 37 men who lived in the ACT at the time of their prostate cancer diagnosis, died from prostate cancer. In 2014 the age-standardised mortality rate for the ACT was 25.2 deaths per 100,000 males compared to 25.7 deaths per 100,000 people for Australia in 2014.1
  • One of the major risk factors for prostate cancer is older age, so the number of men in the ACT with prostate cancer is likely to increase as the proportion of older men in the population grows.
  • An increase in the incidence of prostate cancer was seen in the ACT after Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing was introduced in the late 1980s, but the incidence rate is now lower than that of 20 years ago.
  • Five-year survival from prostate cancer has improved over time from 54% in the period 1983–1992 to 95% for the period 2003–2012. The dramatic improvement in prostate cancer survival over time reflects earlier diagnosis and possibly the effect of better treatment.


1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017). Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) books (Excel spreadsheet).

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