Prostate Cancer

Incidence Rate

The incidence rate for prostate cancer among Asian/Pacific Islander men (from 2002 to 2006) was 91.1 per 100,000 men.

Mortality Rates

Mortality rates among Asian/Pacific Islander men were 10.6 per 100,000 men. Both incidence and mortality rates were lower compared with White or Black populations in the U.S. See the National Cancer Institute’s SEER Stat Fact Sheet for more information

Effect of Age

The rate of prostate cancer increases sharply with age, and the rate of prostate cancer among Chinese-American men is three to five times higher than Chinese living in Asia. Robbins et al. (2007) conducted a study of prognostic factors and survival from prostate cancer in non-Hispanic whites and 6 Asian subgroups (Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Vietnamese), using data from all men in California diagnosed with incident prostate cancer during 1995-2004 and followed through 2004 (n = 116,916).

Survival Rate

On multivariate analyses adjusting for all prognostic factors, all subgroups except South Asian,and Vietnamese men had significantly better survival than whites; the latter 2 groups had statistically equal survival. This study showed that Chinese American men had better survival rates compared with White men, but the reasons were unclear. Another study among Medicare recipients investigated differences in disease-free survival among white, black, Hispanic, and Asian patients in a large, population-based database. It found that the disease-free survival of white, Hispanic, and Asian patients were not statistically different. (Cohen et al, 2006)