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Health Indicator Report of Prostate Cancer Deaths

Prostate cancer is the second most commonly occurring form of cancer for men, after skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in Utah and the U.S.

Prostate Cancer Deaths by Utah Small Area, 2013-2017


ICD-10 codes used to define prostate cancer: C61.   [[br]] Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population. [[br]] [[br]] *Use caution when interpreting, the estimate has a relative standard error greater than 30% and is therefore does not meet Utah Department of Health standards for reliability. [[br]] **The estimate has been suppressed because 1) the relative standard error is greater than 50% or the relative standard error can't be determined or 2) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication.[[br]] [[br]] A description of the Utah Small Areas and details about Small Area reclassification may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [].

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population estimates produced by the UDOH Center for Health Data and Informatics. Linear interpolation of U.S. Census Bureau and ESRI ZIP Code data provided annual population estimates for ZIP Code areas by sex and age groups, IBIS Version 2017


The rate of death from cancer of the prostate (ICD-10: C61) per 100,000 men.


The number of deaths due to prostate cancer for a given year (ICD-10: C61).


The male population in Utah or the U.S. for a given year.

Healthy People Objective C-7:

Reduce the prostate cancer death rate
U.S. Target: 21.8 deaths per 100,000 males

Other Objectives

CSTE Chronic Disease Indicators

How Are We Doing?

In 2017, the Utah age-adjusted prostate cancer mortality rate was 19.5 per 100,000 males. There was no significant difference in prostate cancer mortality among ethnic or racial groups in Utah.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The U.S. prostate cancer age-adjusted mortality rate has been decreasing. The Utah age-adjusted prostate cancer mortality rate has varied from year-to-year and have closely mirrored national rate.[[br]][[br]] In 2017, the Utah age-adjusted prostate cancer mortality rate was 19.5 per 100,000 males while the national rate was 18.7 per 100,000 males.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health initiated the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN), a statewide partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. The mission of the UCAN is to lower cancer incidence and mortality in Utah through collaborative efforts directed toward cancer prevention and control. As a result of this planning process, objectives and strategies have been developed by community partners regarding the early detection of cervical, breast, and colorectal cancers as well as the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating habits, melanoma cancer prevention, and cancer survivorship advocacy.

Evidence-based Practices

Screening recommendations have changed over time. Until recently, many doctors and professional organizations encouraged yearly PSA screening for men beginning at age 50. However, as more has been learned about both the benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening, a number of organizations have begun to caution against routine population screening. Although some organizations continue to recommend PSA screening, there is widespread agreement that any man who is considering getting tested should first be informed in detail about the potential harms and benefits. Since 2012 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. Healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle play an important role in cancer prevention.

Available Services

Currently, Medicare provides coverage for an annual PSA test for all Medicare-eligible men age 50 and older. Many private insurers cover PSA screening as well.
Page Content Updated On 12/13/2018, Published on 12/19/2018
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